Lying on a beach in the south of France in 1947 the French artist Yves Klein (1928-1962) looked up into the ultramarine infinity of the sky and announced to his friends, “The blue sky is my first artwork”. An inspiration that was simple, endless and overpowering.
In the late 1950s and early 60s Klein cut a swathe through the international art world as one of the premier artists of the post-war twentieth century, and made significant contributions to performance art and Happenings, experimental music, body art, monochromatic painting, design, the use of photography and film, and even invented a unique sky inspired blue pigment – International Klein Blue, often abbreviated as IKB.
Just before his untimely death from a third heat-attack, Klein designed his own tables, once again expanding the spectrum of his creativity. In homage to such a depth and breadth of talent; in homage to a man that invented a colour; Alesandro Ljubicic has created a horizontal painting, within a vitrine table. A significant colourist and texturalist in his own right, Ljubicic is now commissioning his own unique colours in the search for pure pigments that more intensely describe the world within his widely celebrated work. A palette very much informed by the energy and depth of Ljubicic’s original colours; the simple, the endless and the overpowering.
Presented here for the first time, Homage to Klein, Table, is an expression of both broad creativity, vibrant pigment and clear design.
Homage to Klein, Table, 2016
370 (H) x 1000 (W) x 1200 (L) mm
polished stainless steel, acrylic vitrine with a glass cover
oil paint with Brilliant Green or Pink pigments
$20,000 AUS ( PINK - SOLD )