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Yves Klein

The work below is an anthropometry painting the result of a PERFORMANCE.  Klein would instruct models to paint their bodies in his famous International Klein Blue paint and then use their bodies like paint brushes.  Once Klein performed before an audience of 100 gathered at a gallery.  While an orchestra played the artist's one chord 'Monotone Symphony,' Klein, dressed in a tuxedo and white gloves, directed models smeared with IKB to lie, twist, drag, sit, or roll on canvas or paper until the desired effects had been realized.  In this way I stayed clean.  I no longer dirtied myself with color, not even the tips of my fingers.  The work finished itself there in front of me, under my direction, in absolute collaboration with the model.  And I could salute its birth into the tangible world in a dignified manner, dressed in a tuxedo...By this demonstration, or rather technique, I especially wanted to tear down the temple veil of the studio.  I wanted to keep nothing of my process hidden.Can you guess what this painting is of?
In this work by Klein, the painting isn't really important, what mattered to the artist was the way the art work was actually made.

IKB was developed by Klein and chemists to have the same color brightness and intensity as dry pigments, ie suspending dry pigment in a clear synthetic resin.  This new medium was patented by Klein.

International Klein Blue (or IKB as it is known in art circles)
- Color coordinates -
Hex triplet #002FA7
RGBB (r, g, b) (0, 47, 167)
HSV (h, s, v) (223deg, 100%, 65%)
Source [Unsourced]
B: Normalized to [0-255] (byte)
Performance Art
is a form of theatrical art featuring the activity of the artist and works presented in a variety of media

Conceptual Art
is art where the ideas are more important than the physical art work.

An Art Happening
is a performance, event or situation meant to be considered as art and which often involve an audience
The color of the backgound of this text is #002FA7.  I think my choice ( bg color on this page #1c169a ) is better
I guess #002FA7 prints out correctly but it looks too bright on the screen

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