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Blue Stamp by Yves Klein


Effectively an Yves Klein painting in miniature, this stamp is from a series Klein made in 1957 by painting blocks of blank stamps with what was to become his famous signature, the patented blue pigment officially registered as IKB, or International Klein Blue. The blue stamps were created for mailing invitations to the opening of two pivotal exhibitions, in May 1957, at the Galerie Iris Clert Gallery and the Galerie Colette Allendy Gallery, both in Paris. The postal authorities were cajoled by Klein into accepting the stamps as if they were actual postage stamps printed by the French government, and they delivered all of the invitations. Klein's handmade blue stamps thus formed an important part of the performance that every Yves Klein gallery opening entailed (in addition to being a venue, in the conventional sense, for introducing Klein's latest work to the public). Klein continued to use the stamps for two years following their 1957 introduction. This stamp is an unused, unmailed example made by Klein between 1957 and 1959. It is archivally displayed in a professionally-made custom frame which measures 10.25 inches square. The stamp itself measures .98 inch x .71 inch (2.5cm x 1.8cm) Provenance: Collection of John Melin (the distinguished Swedish graphic designer, best known for the innovative visual style of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm -- including catalogs, posters, and exhibition design during the 1960s and 1970s)


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    H 10.25 in. x W 10.25 in. x D 2 in.H 26.04 cm x W 26.04 cm x D 5.08 cm
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