Leaping Into Voids

"We are living in the mechanical age. Painted canvas and standing plaster figures no longer have any reason to exist. What is needed is a change in both essence and form. What is needed is the supercession of painting, sculpture, poetry, and music. It is necessary to have an art that is in greater harmony with the needs of the new spirit."
- Lucio Fontana



Reminder! Exam 2 will be posted on Blackboard on Wednesday
Lucio Fontana, Conceito Espacial, 1968.





















Nouveaux Realistes (New Realism)

Bourgeois Refuse

French equivalent to Neo Dada and Pop Art
Sought a "passionate adventure of the real"
Wanted to bring art and life closer together
Arman, Large Bourgeois Refuse, 1960.











Shooting Picture

De Saint Phalle making a shooting painting


Niki de Saint Phalle, Shooting Picture, 1961.
Niki de Saint Phalle creating a shooting picture











Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely and Per Olof Utvedt, Hon, 1966.
Niki de Saint Phalle, Black Nana, 1968 - 1969.











Rob Zombie's appropriation of de Saint Phalle's Hon, 2013












Yves Klein, IKB 3, 1960.











"Blue has no dimensions, it is beyond dimensions, whereas the other colors are not. They are psychological spaces; red, for example, presupposing a hearth releasing heat. All colors bring forth specific associative ideas, tangible or psychological, while blue suggests, at most, the sea and sky, and they, after all, are in actual nature, what are most abstract." - Yves Klein
Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void at MoCA
Yves Klein, IKB45, 1960. 27 X 46 cm.










Vija Celmins, Untitled (Ocean) (Venice, California), 1970.  Pencil on paper, 14" X 18".











Le Vide
Le Vide
Yves Klein, Le Vide (The Void),  April 28, 1958.
After leaving the exhibition, Albert Camus responded, "With the void, comes total empowerment."











Yves Klein, Anthropométrie de l'époque bleue, 1960.











Yves Klein, Anthropométrie sans titre (ANT 130), 1960.





















Leap Into the Void
One Day Newspaper
Yves Klein, Leap into the Void, 1960.
Yves Klein, Single Day Newspaper, November 27, 1960.











Yayoi Kusama on Accumulation No. 2, c. 1964.











Infinity Mirror

Silver Shoes

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirror, 1965.
Yayoi Kusama, Silver Shoes, 1976.












Bas Jan Ader, Fall I and II, 1970.