Overcoming the Problems of Art The Writings of Yves Klein

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  • Copyright: 2007-07-01
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This is the first complete collection of the writings of the visonary French conceptual artist Yves Klein (1928-1962) to be published in English translation. Klein was an artist with a keen philosophical mind, yet deeply spiritual. Inspired by his study of the Japanese Kata (the abstract movements in Judo), Rosicrucian cosmogony, alchemy, and the phenomenological and psychological philosophies that emerged during his lifetime (particularly the writings of Gaston Bachelard), he constructed his vision of a future art that would purify the soul and society from the ashes of painting. >

Table of Contents

The Writings of Yves Klein
On Judop. 1
Some (False) Foundations, Principles, Etc. and the Condemnation of Evolutionp. 5
Artp. 9
Text for the Exhibition "Yves Peintures" at Lacoste Publishing House, Paris, 15 October 1955p. 12
Some Excerpts from My Journal of 1957p. 13
My Position in the Battle Between Line and Colorp. 19
Notes on Certain Works Exhibited at Galerie Colette Allendyp. 22
The Blue Cries of Charles Estiennep. 24
The Blue Revolution: Letter to Eisenhower, 20 May 1958p. 25
The Blue Sea: Letter to the Secretary General of the International Geophysical Yearp. 27
Blue Explosions: Letter to the International Conference for the Detection of Atomic Explosionsp. 28
"Pure Velocity and Monochrome Stability": An Account of the Exhibition in Collaboration with Jean Tinguely at Galerie Iris Clertp. 30
Speech to the Gelsenkirchen Theater Commissionp. 38
The Concept for Gelsenkirchenp. 43
Overcoming the Problematics of Artp. 45
The Evolution of Art Towards the Immaterial: Lecture at the Sorbonnep. 71
Selections from "Dimanche"p. 99
The Monochrome Adventure: The Monochrome Epicp. 137
Project for an Architecture of Air by Yves Klein and Werner Ruhnaup. 174
The Truth About New Realismp. 176
Prayer to St. Ritap. 180
Ritual for the Relinquishment of the Immaterial Pictorial Sensibility Zonesp. 182
Truth Becomes Realityp. 183
Chelsea Hotel Manifestop. 193
Dialogue with Myselfp. 201
With Regard to My Attempt at the Immaterialp. 207
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