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BOND ART FANS TOUR YVES KLEIN EXHIBIT AT WALKER ART CENTER

During a January 5 tour guided by docent and BOND member Sharon Zweigbaum at the Walker Art Center, an enthusiastic group of BOND art fans contemplated their own favorite colors while viewing Frenchman Yves Klein’s (1928-62) mystical abstract works.

Yves Klein Tour Participants Picture

Eileen Silver, Babe Wartnick and Gail Goldstein

During his short but prolific career, the multi-faceted artist was best known for monochromes, especially his patented ultramarine hue called International Klein Blue, which reflected his spiritual inclination. 

BOND visitors studied large and small works rendered with this luminous blue, often combined with materials like natural sponges appended to the surfaces. They also watched videos of Klein’s most infamous performances: his directing of nude female models as they applied blue paint to their bodies and became his “human paint brushes,” pressing against paper and canvas to achieve imprints. 

Pondering words like “levitation,” “infinity” and “the void,” participants keyed into this 1950s’ conceptual artist’s goal of seeking total freedom from traditional art styles. 

At lunch in Walker’s “20.21” restaurant, BOND members shared thoughts about Yves Klein’s unlimited imaginative powers.

For more information on this and other BOND study groups, please contact education@bondtc.org.