Highly regarded as one of the most influential and controversial artists to emerge in the 1950’s, Yves Klein was a pioneer in the field of Performance Art and is most notable for his extensive use of the colour blue. One of his most acclaimed exhibitions was ‘Proposition Monochrome; Blue Epoch’ in which Klein exhibited 11 monochrome canvases, all painted identically using an ultramarine pigment and suspended in ‘Rhodopas’ - a synthetic resin that Klein described as ‘The Medium’; interestingly, each canvas was priced differently, fulfilling Klein’s aim to have viewers see something unique in a canvas that another buyer did not - the blue used for this work was later trademarked by Klein as International Klein Blue. Displaying a disdain for convention throughout his career, Klein exhibited a number of unorthodox works – The Void was an exhibition that consisted of an almost-bare room featuring only a large cabinet – the window was painted blue and a blue curtain was hung in the entrance of the lobby; 3000 people queued up to be allowed entrance to this empty room. Less
Highly regarded as one of the most influential and controversial artists to emerge in the 1950’s, Yves Klein was a pioneer in the field of Performance Art and is most notable for his extensive use of the colour blue. One of his most acclaimed exhib More
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