YSL Warhol Potraits Pulled Over Classification Fracas
Should Yves Saint Laurent be filed under "glamour" or "artists?" The debate over this distinction has caused YSL's partner Pierre Berge to pull four Andy Warhol portraits of Saint Laurent from a major Paris exhibition. "Warhol's Wide World" is set to open on March 18 at the Grand Palais (the recent site of the YSL art auciton). Berge told the AFP that he has asked that the series of 1974 Saint Laurent pictures be removed from the part of the show showcasing other Warhol portraits of designers, such as Giorgio Armani or Sonia Rykiel, under the title "glamour." Berge told the curator he did not think that Saint Laurent belonged in this category, the curator did not change the place and so the pieces which belong to Berge, were withdrawn from the exhibit. Berge has said the YSL portraits could have instead been hung in the "artists" section because Saint Laurent was a designer but as Berge puts it, "I think he was more than that."