Yves Klein, ‘UNTITLED BLUE SPONGE SCULPTURE (SE 181)’, 1960-1961, Christie's

Signature: signed and dated ‘Yves 60’ and ‘10 1961’ (on the underside)

Milan, Galerie Apollinaire, Yves Klein - le monochrome: il nuovo realismo del colore, November 1961, n.p. (illustrated).

New York, Jewish Museum, Yves Klein, January-March 1967, pp. 43 and 63 (illustrated).

Geneva, Galerie Bonnier, Comparaisons: Oeuvres de Degas à Arman, May-July 1972, n.p. (illustrated).

Geneva, Galerie Bonnier, Yves Klein: Le Monochrome, April 1979.

Tokyo, Fuji Television Gallery, Yves Klein, October-November 1979, no. 7 (illustrated in color).

New York, Dominique Lévy Gallery, Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana Yves Klein Cy Twombly, September-November 2013, pp. 82-83, 158-161 (illustrated in color).

P. Wember, Yves Klein, Cologne, 1969, p. 94, no. SE 181 (illustrated).

Galleria Apollinaire, Milan

Svensk Franska Konstgalleriet, Stockholm

Galerie Bonnier, Geneva

Anon. sale; Sotheby's, London, 26 June 1986, lot 641

Private collection, Tokyo

Anon. sale; Christie’s, London, 25 June 2013, lot 7

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

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