Iris Clert


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Greek-born dealer whose Paris gallery exhibited many of the most provocative artists of the 1950s and 1960s, especially those who were associated with Nouveau Réalisme. A flamboyant figure, said to have had powerful political connections, she was noted for staging events more newsworthy than commercial, such as Yves Klein's Le Vide, a completely empty space, and Arman's 1960 response Le Plein, in which the gallery was entirely filled with rubbish and impossible to enter. After her gallery closed, she took to the streets, exhibiting art in a transparent-sided lorry. Her autobiography, Iris Time, also the name of the journal she used to publicize her artists, was published in 1978.

Subjects: Art.

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