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Sculpture tactile [Tactile Sculpture] (S 22), ca. 1957

  • Sculpture tactile [Tactile Sculpture]
    Wooden box, various objects inside
    56 x 19 1/2 x 20 inch
"Tactile sculptures – These were not exhibited. I don’t really know why any more. These were boxes, each pierced with two holes fitted with sleeves. The idea was to be able to put one’s hands inside the box up to one’s elbows and to touch and examine the sculpture in the interior of the box without being able to see it. I now believe that I declined to exhibit these boxes because I very quickly had attained such an extreme perfection in these tactile sculptures that I believed it wise to hold them back for a little while. This extreme perfection was quite simply to have installed living sculptures in these boxes, living sculptures such as beautiful and evidently shapely nude models. At the time, this was a bit premature; the police would have been on my back right away. Today, on the other hand, it is not to say that I may not present these hyper-sensitive sculptures to the public very soon."
Yves Klein, excerpt of "Notes on Certain Works Exhibited at the Colette Allendy Gallery", Overcoming the Problematics of Art, The Writings of Yves Klein, Spring Publications, Inc., Putnam, Conn, 2007
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