Reviews - What do customers think about Yves Klein: 1928-1962 (Taschen Basic Art)?
my blue heaven. Oct 18, 2004
this is the best book on yves you will find. this series of taschen is conveniently small and thankfully affordable. whereas others tend to be more for pompous show than genuine artistic consumption, this is perfectly portable and useable. this is a sleek little book i often carry around.
but despite it's size, it doesn't skimp on content - read this and you'll know your yves. the prose is thorough yet concise in recounting, at once, a biography of yves klein against a chronology of his artistic ouevre.
also there are many personal photographs of him, his wife, and such, throughout the text, which is a nice touch. but the most important bit - all you'd want to see of yves's body of work is on view here. and NO black and white representations of his art. expect a vast number of clear and accurate representations; you aren't getting screwed. as much of yves's genius fails to be articulated in words, good reproductions of his art are paramount to a work such as this one.
and it delivers.
expect honey aching with amber and velvets glowing in blue. expect deep, wet, transcendental color - yves wouldn't have had it any other way.