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Yves Klein: Hiroshima (Anthropométrie 79), 1961

Yves Klein: Peinture Feu Couleur # 1, 1961

Ben Vautier: Accidents and Catastrophes, 1961.

The plastic beauty of certain photos of catastrophes, of accidents, led me in June 1961 to set my signature to the crushed and tangled bodywork of a car that had hit a tree.

Then, carried away by my creative élan, I signed:

AGADIR: Earthquake (board carrying documentation)

FRÉJUS: The dam which, giving way, caused the death of 300 people.

HIROSHIMA: As I remember is one of the most successful examples of this category of artwork created by the genius of man, and even if artistic intention was lacking, we can only congratulate ourselves on its esthetic reality.

Ben Vautier: War between the USSR and the USA, 1962.

The extraordinary destruction of a war between these two Nations would be a gigantic esthetic vision.

Andy Warhol: Atomic Bombs, 1964.

Roy Lichtenstein: Atom Burst, 1966.

Robert Longo: Russian Bomb, Semi Palatinsk, 2003.

Robert Longo: Nagasaki, 2003.

Robert Longo: Study for Crossroads, 2003

Robert Longo: Study for Monroe, 2003






Ben Vautier: Moi Ben Je Signe, 1963. [English translation by David Mayor: Me Ben I Sign, Surrey (UK): Beau Geste Press, 1975.]