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Yves Klein (1928 - 1962)

Lot 118: YVES KLEIN

Sotheby's

February 11, 2010
London, United Kingdom

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Description

UNTITLED (SE 288)
signed with the artist's initials and dated 58 on the reverse

Dimensions

31 by 31 by 14cm.; 12 1/4 by 12 1/4 by 5 5/8 in.

Artist or Maker

YVES KLEIN 1928 - 1962

Medium

IKB pigment and synthetic resin on natural sponge

Date

Executed in 1958.

Provenance

Alexander Iolas, New York
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in the early 1980s

Notes



Please note that this work has been requested for the Yves Klein Retrospective which will take place at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (20 May - 12 September, 2010) and at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (23 October, 2010 - 13 Feburary, 2011).

"It is the sponge's extraordinary capacity to impregnate itself with anything fluid that attracted me. Thanks to the wild living material of sponges, I was going to be able to do the portraits of the beholders of my monochromes, who, after having seen them, after having travelled through the blue of my paintings, come back totally impregnated in sensibility, like sponges."
(Yves Klein cited on www.yveskleinarchives.org)

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February 11, 2010, 2:00 PM GMT

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