Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, Germany, 1994ISBN : 9783893226573
Considered the heir to two traditions, the provocative Duchamps and the mystical Malevich, Yves Klein, with his spectacular life and work as the controversial and influential personality of his time, is one of the most exciting artists of the 20th century. For the first time, this book illuminates his work in the context of the dramatic upheavals after the Second World War in the social, philosophical and political fields. The essays not only deal with the works of Yves Klein, but also analyze in detail his ideas, writings, performances and advertising campaigns. From interviews with more than 50 people who knew and worked with Yves Klein, come information that reveals numerous new dates and aspects in the art and life of this dazzling character. His work is also compared with the concepts of other artists, who at that time worked with similar goals as Yves Klein himself in Japan, America, Italy, Germany and France.