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Manifeste pour Yves Klein

Alain Jouffroy
  • Manifeste pour Yves Klein
    Éditions Virgile, Besançon, France, 2006
    ISBN : 978-2914481410
Alain Jouffroy was the friend of painter Yves Klein. The very personal testimony he brings to this book is, in this respect, valuable: it reveals the often obscured foundations of Klein's Art, inseparable from a deep knowledge of Japan, judo, certain spiritual filiations, and even a political hope of carrying out a "blue revolution".
This text is part of a "manifesto" by Alain Jouffroy, where he defends his own conception of art and its relationship with the lived world.

Alain Jouffroy is one of the rare people to have personally known Yves Klein, born in 1928 like him, and died in full youth, in 1962. His testimony, as such, is precious: it reveals the often hidden foundations of the art of Klein, inseparable from deep knowledge of Japan, judo, certain spiritual lineages, and even a political hope of carrying out a "blue revolution". Alain Jouffroy tells us about Klein in his art criticism but also as a friend, as he goes on, "on doves' feet" to try to restore the presence of a deep, idealistic artist. and free. He contests the passage of certain lawsuit made to the artist about his political orientations, he recounts the story of a lunch between the two friends at La Coupole, he gives life to the man disappeared half a century ago.

In addition to this invitation in the living intimacy of the painter, this text is also part of the line of "manifestos" Alain Jouffroy, where he defends his own conception of art and its relationship with the world lived. The author:
Poet, writer and art critic, Alain Jouffroy is the author of a hundred books, especially novels, poetry, and essays. Born in 1928 in Paris, he was a member of the surrealist group from 1947 to 1948 (André Breton, René Char and Henri Michaux publish his first poems), co-founder of the magazine Opus International and director of the twentieth century magazine from 1974 to 1981.
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