Performance 'Anthropometries of the Blue Epoch'

About Yves Klein

Yves Klein is best known for his trademark ultramarine pigment, which he patented as International Klein Blue in 1961. “Blue…is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colors are not,” he said. “All colors arouse specific ideas, while blue suggests at most the sea and the sky; and they, after all, are in actual, visible nature what is most abstract.” Starting in the mid-1950s, Klein made retinal blue monochromes (which would prove cornerstones of Minimalism) and the pigment would also feature prominently in his Anthropometry paintings, for which Klein smeared nude women with blue pigment and used them as human brushes on canvas, sometimes in elaborate public performances. Klein's work anticipated Conceptual art, Performance art, and environmental art, as in his selling of portions of empty space to collectors. For The Void (1958), he presented an empty gallery as an artwork, wearing a white tie and tails to show visitors around the blank walls.

French, 1928-1962, Nice, France, based in Paris, France

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Natureza Franciscana (Franciscan Nature) , Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM), São Paulo
2016
The Natural Order of Things, Museo Jumex, Mexico City
2015
Black Sun, Fondation Beyeler, Riehen
2015
In Part, Fondazione Prada, Milan
2016
Masters of Distinction, Opera Gallery, Singapore