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Tribute to Yves Klein

  • Tribute to Yves Klein
November 12, 2014

Yves Klein was a visionary artist who investigated the endless possibilities of artistic expression through performance, painting, sculpture, photography, theater, music, film, architecture and writing. The artist said that he was a “painter of space” and “architect of air.” The practice of Yves Klein stood (and still stands) as a bridge between modernity and postmodernity, a constructed portal which articulates the modern art’s focus on material objects and the contemporary dedication to conceptual art. The short career, which ended abruptly only eight years after it had began, inspired creative individuals working in diverse fields of art. One thing is certain, the artist had achieved so much in such a brief period of time – a legacy which other might obtain through decades of work… Yves Klein was an exceptional individual who had built a sense of aesthetics solely on his own terms.

Tribute to Yves Klein
International Klein Blue

Sculpture tactile

The exhibition at Independent Projects by Dominique Lévy includes the first prototype of Sculpture tactile from 1957, a piece smaller than the life-size version that would have been used if Yves Klein had presented the work during his lifetime. This is the first time that a re-fabrication of the box is animated as a complete work, with the inclusion of the living sculpture – male and female nude models inhabiting the box (although the box itself had been shown at the Centre Pompidou in Paris earlier). The idea behind this piece is one of the first examples of the concept which would be come to be known as relational aesthetics. Namely, the viewer or better yet, in this instance, the one who touches, is invited to put his or her hand in the box and only through the feel of what is inside, experience the beauty of human form. This kind of artistic expression has been repeated through history with the work of various artists from different corners of the world.

Tribute to Yves Klein
Installation view, The exhibition at Independent Projects by Dominique Lévy

A Tribute At Dominique Lévy

One part of the installation dedicated to the work of Yves Klein includes the new living Sculpture tactile, a video and a photograph. Through these pieces, the visitor is steered toward the second part of the installation where the public can experience the original Sculpture tactile as well as Klein’s typewritten journal entry as well as ink-on-paper sketch of Sculpture tactile. Also, an excerpt of a recording of Klein’s voice can be heard, in which the artist is having a dialogue with himself – Dialogue avec moi- même (1961). In the period from November 7th to November 15th 2014, Dominique Lévy gallery presents a tribute to Yves Klein at the inaugural edition of New York’s Independent Projects, on West 22nd Street in Chelsea, NY. The exhibition which features important works by the artist as well as the related significant archival materials is curated by associate director Begum Yasar, in collaboration with Daniel Moquay, director of Yves Klein Archives. Be a part of Widewalls community and always stay in formed about the current and upcoming events – create a My Widewalls profile!

Tribute to Yves Klein
Installation view, The exhibition at Independent Projects by Dominique Lévy
Tribute to Yves Klein
Installation view, The exhibition at Independent Projects by Dominique Lévy

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