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by Ida Kar Click on the links below to find out more
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1957
- Yves Klein (1928-1962), French artist. Sitter in 5 portraits.
- Ida Kar (1908-1974), Photographer. Artist associated with 1521 portraits, Sitter in 136 portraits.
Kar photographed Klein next to his blue sponge sculpture at his first London show, titled Monochrome Propositions of Yves Klein, held at Gallery One. The exhibition provoked controversial reviews, including the Daily Mirror's piece headlined 'The Artist Who Paints Nothing.'
Harold Macmillan takes over as Conservative prime minister, manoeuvring Eden out of power after his poor handling of the Suez Crisis the previous year.The Wolfenden Report recommends that homosexuality should no longer be a criminal offence. It still took ten years, however, before any changes were made to the law on homosexuality with the Sexual Offences Act in 1967.
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