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The French artist YVES KLEIN (1928–1962) is considered one of the most important figures in postwar European art. A self-taught artist, he studied Judo, Rosicrucianism, and immersed himself in the writings of the painter Eugène Delacroix. In 1957 Klein began to create the monochrome paintings of ultramarine blue for which he best known. Yet, painting was not his goal; it became “only an interval,” the means to an higher end – to his quest for the pure sensibility of the Void. Pure pigment, gold, fire, air, and water were only the prima materia for his vision of a future of absolute freedom, both artistically and socially.
Yves Klein OVERCOMING THE PROBLEMATICS OF ART
The Writings of YVES KLEIN

Translated and with an introduction by KLAUS OTTMANN

Paperback original, $22 USD
232 pages, ills., first edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-88214-568-6

Kindle/iBooks edition, $9.99 USD
eISBN: 978-0-88214-901-1

SUBJECT: Art

The first complete collection of the writings of the visionary French conceptual artist Yves Klein published in English translation.
“Inherently fascinating, iconoclastic, thoughtful and thought-provoking, ’Overcoming the Problematics of Art’ is strongly recommended reading for those interested in the role and evolution of art with respect to social, cultural, and philosophical issues.”
– Mary Cowper, The Midwest Book Review (November 2007)
“It’s been a long time that I wanted this book translated. It’s a real masterpiece!”
– Sylvère Lotringer, Columbia University