I didn’t get to write about my favorite works by Yves Klein in my scrollorama page so I’ll talk a little about it now. I had a hard time choosing between this and Fred Tomaselli who makes crazy complex work using various trippy mixed media, like pills and plants, so hopefully this is exciting to people as well. We never talked about Yves Klein in my 222 ARTH so I was super bummed.

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I feel like if you’re going to be an artist and go out and buy canvas and record your thoughts, no matter what you say, you’re pretty full of yourself. And that’s why Yves Klein’s work interests me so much – he was totally insane. I talked a little about the Anthropometries but the Monochromes are the most radical. Yves Klein started making full monochromatic paintings. No lines, no texture (that comes later,) nothing. Just solid unity of color and the velvety, dense pigment. He even went so far as to create his own color, International Klein Blue (IKB) with more sophisticated polymers. At first he had trouble getting museums to exhibit them, and when he did he got even more upset when critics tried to find meaning and connections between the works. They were representative according to him, something which I have come to believe. They show the true essence of life, just as the Anthropometries reduce the female form to its most recognizable features. Obviously blue has spiritual, cosmological, and natural world meanings, but Yves only wanted to paint space. Yves often referred to it as the void. He did, however, take credit for the sky, and wanted to kill the birds because they were ruining his best work. That’s the kind of confidence that really strikes me. He presented each identical painting with a different title and price, signifying that they were each of unique subjects. The presentation made the work. With the Anthropometries, he separated himself from the work even more by refusing to touch the paint and dressing up in a tuxedo while directing naked women across the canvas. He also created a symphony consisting of one note and about an hour of silence.

Yves Klein changed the way we think about abstract painting. I’m interested to see how people can push the bounds of web design. It has to be possible, we just haven’t found it yet. Now when people try to do something super minimalist and monochrome, it’s cliche, but when Yves did it he could get away with it because he was (near) the first. In the most literal sense it could just be more simplistic design. Perhaps the things we find most essential could be left out. Turn everyone on their heads. But I think web design has to follow a similar pattern to art history, so we must be in the ‘traditional’ phases now, it just seems more modern because we’re applying the things we’ve learned and experienced in other art forms. We haven’t had those crazy ground-breaking movements yet.

Also, I couldn’t help but post a picture of this recipe book I saw last weekend in a museum store…Seems relevant to our class:

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Which I only saw AFTER I had made these cookies. (Alright, Natalie bragging time, but I can’t help it, they’re cookies and we talk a lot about cookies.) And hopefully someone bought them at the art history club bake sale.

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Alright…damn…that was my attempt at being brief.