PRINT Summer 1995

Comic Relief

THE LARGE YVES KLEIN EXHIBITION currently on the road is by my count at least the eighth such traveling retrospective organized since Klein died of a heart attack, in 1962, at age 34. The main organizer of this version was independent curator Sidra Stich, who also wrote the nearly 300-page accompanying monograph. Like all major Klein shows, this one depends heavily on loans from the Klein estate. In terms of the more than 100 art objects included in the London installation (monochrome panels, assembled reliefs of various kinds, sponge sculptures, body prints, fire paintings, and so on), it did not differ substantially from the previous retrospectives.

What did differ somewhat was the installation. At the Hayward this was generally very well done, particularly for an audience of young people being introduced to Klein’s work for the first time. Martin Caiger-Smith, the exhibition organizer

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