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A Tribute to Yves Saint Laurent Across Paris
In honor of the 60th anniversary of Yves Saint Laurent’s very first collection, six Parisian museums—the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, the Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Musée Picasso, and the Musée Yves Saint Laurent—present a coordinated exhibition featuring some of the legendary fashion designer’s most iconic garments in conversation with the fine art that influenced them. The ambitious, multi-venue event, entitled Yves Saint Laurent Aux Musées, is a celebration both of the designer and the larger creative universe that informed his practice. The project was conceived and made possible by the Fondation Pierre Bergé–Yves Saint Laurent, and is on view from January 29th to May 15th.
“In order to survive, every man must have, as Nietzsche says, 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 am entirely eclectic.” —Yves Saint Laurent
Jos Devriendt: LIFE at Pierre Marie Giraud
This week, Brussels-based gallery Pierre Marie Giraud launches LIFE, an exhibition of new work by Jos Devriendt. The Belgian standout, who describes himself as a “low tech designer,” is known for his elegant, boldly colorful ceramics lamps. Devriendt’s latest pieces were crafted using the raku method, an ancient Japanese technique originating from the tea ceremony, which imbues delicate features and crackled glazes. The title LIFE serves as well as a metaphor; just as life repeats itself in new forms, Devriendt’s ceramics explore similar forms with unique results, every one marked by its own special “scars” achieved along the way. On view til February 26th.
Shameless at Galerie VIVID
Dutch designer Bas van Beek is perhaps best known for bringing to life previously unrealized historical designs. Last November, he made his US solo debut at The Wolfsonian-FIU in Miami Beach with Shameless, featuring work that responds directly to the Museum’s collection, such as a heretofore unmade Frank Lloyd Wright design for a porcelain coffee service. On the 30th, in parallel with that ongoing show, Rotterdam’s Galerie VIVID launches Shameless Addendum, presenting additional “shameless” works—including several S-Chairs, a Disney teapot, and more. Open through March 13th.
For Freedoms at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Now showing: Our Wake Up Call For Freedoms, an exhibition presented by For Freedoms and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, examines creativity’s role in social and political change. Over the past 6 years, the artist-led organization For Freedoms has produced exhibitions, activations, community programming, and national campaigns to spark civic joy and participation. The new show displays a wide range of this work, while also inviting visitors to create visuals themselves—yard signs, posters, and more, all generally associated with political movements—to encourage a reexamination of the arts’ potential for community building and problem solving. Complementary programming will further explore the intersection of creativity and politics, including artist talks, panel discussions, and film screenings. On view now through June 4th.
“We believe art has the power to wake us up. Art is a megaphone for unheard voices that need amplifying. Art gives us symbols to gather round, builds community, and helps us realize we are not alone. We make the culture, we are the culture, that makes the future. Alone we are asleep. Together we are Wide Awake.” —For Freedoms
Lit at Culture Object
NYC gallery Culture Object has just launched the second and final chapter of Lit: Are We Not a Shining Light?, an exhibition featuring newly commissioned pieces by a talented roster of emerging artist-designers. Explaining his curatorial brief, gallery founder Damon Crain writes, “I invited them to indulge their fantasies and create works that emanate ambient light in a manner that drives their highly specialized practices forward. At the heart of this endeavor, is the simple observation that light does not simply exist, it emanates from a source, and I crave a source that is worthy of manifesting the power of light.”
Part II of Lit showcases objects by the likes of Dara Schaefer, Elyse Graham, Daniel Shapiro, Kim Markel, and others, each of whom takes a unique approach to formal explorations of light. On view through March 31st.
Re-Opening at NEXT:SPACE
Detroit contemporary gallery NEXT:SPACE opens a new location—and exhibition—later this week in the city's Milwaukee Junction neighborhood. Its new home is located in the former mechanical garage of a car dealership building from the 1920s, where concrete floors, patchwork masonry and more evoke Detroit’s industrial legacy. The kickoff exhibition, Re-Opening, continues the gallery’s focus on the Detroit design scene, featuring pieces by Cranbrook Academy of Art grads Nina Cho, Forrest Hudes (Studio Shmudio), and Cody Norman; as well as work by Paula Schubatis, Colin Tury, and Elizabeth Salonen. On view til March 5th. ♦