This issue of Foam Magazine is different from the norm in that it is entirely devoted to the work of a single artist. His career has already spanned more than sixty years and during that time he has worked as a painter, photographer, filmmaker and designer. In all these fields he has been hugely innovative and had an unparalleled influence on countless other artists. This issue is given over to a man who is undoubtedly a pioneer, even a visionary: William Klein.
Never before has Foam Magazine focused an entire issue on just one artist, but we are happy to make an exception for William Klein. In the course of his long career he has built up an oeuvre so rich, so diverse, so powerful and influential that nothing else compares to it. We are exceptionally proud to be able to give the work of this exceptional artist the space it deserves, not just in this magazine but in a large retrospective exhibition that will be held in our museum in Amsterdam from mid-December until mid-March.
Klein laid down several milestones in postwar art history. The work he created in 1956 in his native city of New York is still seen as an unrivalled highpoint in the history of photography. Life is Good and Good for You in New York: Trance witness revels, the book about the city that he published that year, is regarded as a watershed in the history of the photobook: there is a period before it and another after it. No other photobook has had such an impact, and its unparalleled influence on photographers and book designers continues to this day. In a time when the photobook is flourishing and countless artists are experimenting with the medium, paying so much attention to Klein is more than justified; his books about Moscow, Rome and Tokyo are regarded as further highpoints of the medium.