Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Yves the Provocateur: Yves Klein and Twentieth-Century Art"

Yves the Provocateur: Yves Klein and Twentieth-Century ArtYves the Provocateur: Yves Klein and Twentieth-Century Art by Thomas McEvilley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Remarkable biography (with some analysis of his work) on the artist Yves Klein.  A man who knew no bounds or restrictions.  A dandy as much as a black-belt Judo fanatic.  A man who jumped from a second or was it a third floor without fear.  A spoiled brat with great talent.  A man who had a temper problem which he tried to contain, and probably caused him his fatal heart problems.   Nevertheless I am always attracted to artists who have an amazing ego.  Does that affect their work?  Yes, but Klein was a different type of animal.  Totally on the go and extremely restless he had to explore the 'void' knowing that there is no end or maybe beginning.  This is not a large book, but an important and very much a readable study on this great French figure of the arts.

Yves Klein you rule!


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