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From The Boom Of The 60’S By YSL To A Sculpture In The Middle Of Central Park
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News 11 Feb 2022

While you are bombarded with all the campaigns to prepare for Valentine’s Day, yes that’s right, that adorable date is coming that puts us in an existential dilemma or rather commercial dilemma, yes that’s right !!!while you prepare for this date this was what happened in the middle of art and fashion.

1. The 60th anniversary of the first Yves Saint Laurent fashion show

“To survive, every man must have, as Nietzsche said dice, aesthetic ghosts. Life is only possible thanks to them. I think I have found them in Mondrian, Picasso and Matisse, but also, above all, in Proust. I’m completely eclectic.”
– Yves Saint-Laurent

This phrase opens the invitation to the fascinating tour of the collaboration of 5 Parisian museums to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first Yves Saint Laurent fashion show. On January 29, 1962, the 26-year-old designer presented his inaugural collection under his own name. that would change the course of fashion and art, the unshakable king of the binomial art and fashion, giving us 40 years of unique artistic creation in his style.

Important archival materials from the fashion house, carefully preserved over the years by Foundation Pierre Berge Yves Saint Laurent, will come to light on this tour and will be presented at the Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Paris, as an extension of the masterpieces exhibited in the permanent exhibition but this time giving it a direct context with the partner museums of the project in Paris.
This project will offer us a direct ticket to the artistic and creative universe of Yves Saint Laurent.

It only remains to say that if you are looking for a Valentine’s Day plan just with friends or in company, this tour is an excellent plan to escape and dissolve in this multifaceted universe of YSL.

The exhibition YVES SAINT LAURENT AUX MUSÉES has been conceived and made possible by the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent and involves six partnering institutions:

o Center Pompidou
o Museum of Modern Art of Paris
o Louvre Museum
o Musée d’Orsay
o Musée national Picasso-Paris
o Yves Saint Laurent Museum Paris
o Dates : January 29 — May, 15, 2022.

2. Catello’s Cube in the middle of Central Park.

Last week a cube of gold appeared in the heart of Central Park, the largest park in New York.

Somethings can only happen one day in NY... As you think about doing your daily stroll through central park and boom there in the middle of nowhere a 12 million bucket.

186 kg of pure solid 24 carat gold, with an approximate value of 12 million dollars. It is the work of the German artist Nicolás Castello, who created it in an attempt to advertise for a future NFT.

The gold cube is not for sale and was exposed in the park – well guarded by some private security agents – for 24 hours. “It is a conceptual work that encompasses art in all its facets,” Castello said.

“The cube can be seen as a channel of communication between a cultural ecosystem of the 21st century, that of cryptocurrencies, and the ancient world where gold reigned over the economy,” said Austrian gallery owner Lisa Kandlhofer.

After being exhibited in Central Park, “Catello’s Cube” was exhibited at a private dinner attended by several VIPs from the New York art circuit.

3. Ding Yun Zhang X Moncler

As part of its Genius project, Moncler has teamed up with up-and-coming Chinese designer Ding Yun Zhang. Result: a capsule collection of a dozen down jackets similar to strange and fascinating sculptures of unique creatures that came only from this collaboration.

“I am in favor of large volumes that sculpt the body in new ways. I was inspired by underwater creatures to design pieces that float lightly, in a color palette that resembles the coral and fungi that grow naturally on sculptures submerged in the depths of the sea.”

The models of this collaboration look like dreamlike beings taken from an avatar movie with indefinable and unique figures. It is a very arty way of facing winter and its low temperatures by Ding Yun Zhang.

4. Artist Kohei Yoshiyuki dies

If we know that it is Valentines and that the passions, whether of self-esteem or as a couple, are in full swing, the departure of this artist reminds us of those nights of low instincts.

Kohei Yoshiyuki photographed Tokyo’s hedonistic after-hours culture in the 1970s and 1980s. He documented clandestine encounters in public spaces for his most famous series, “The Park.” His longtime gallery announced his death on Saturday at the age of 76. The works in the series were exhibited under his pseudonym at the Komai Gallery in Tokyo in 1979.

Yoshiyuki’s photographs remind us that the conflict between the private and the public is timeless, and we all have to deal with it. face in all aspects of our lives.” Yoshiyuki positioned himself on the fringes of nightlife in the 1970s, 35mm camera in hand. He documented clandestine encounters in public spaces across the city for his most famous series “The Park.” The men lurking outside, mesmerized by the spectacle, were often the center of attention.

The artist does not necessarily focus on voyeurism, rather he is more interested in the tension between surveillance and privacy, as well as the discomfort of being watched by a stranger. Between what we show and what we hide, that internal combat that we all carry between modesty, instincts, what is public, what is private, what is said, what is thought and what is done.

Text Sophia Thowinsson

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