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[OBSCURA] Yves Klein, “Monochrome bleu sans titre (IKB 81)”

For his birthday, Facebook’s Fabrice issued his readers a familiar challenge: “L’idée est simple et belle : occuper l’espace de Facebook avec de l’art et briser la monotonie de l’actualité politique, des selfies et du food porn.

Celui ou celle qui “aime/Like” ce statut se verra attribuer un artiste et publiera, s’il/elle le souhaite, une de ses œuvres accompagnée de ce texte sur son mur.”

I liked his post, and I was given Yves Klein. I picked his 1957 canvas Monochrome bleu sans titre (IKB 81). Blue is my favourite colour, and so was Klein’s–he even invented a shade of blue all his own, the ultramarine-dominated International Klein Blue. That this blue directly inspired Derek Jarman’s Blue is an added plus.

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Written by Randy McDonald

February 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm

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