Musée Yves Saint Laurent

A new museum dedicated to the work and life of the legendary French couturier Yves Saint Laurent has opened in Marrakech. Designed by Studio KO,  the 4,000-square-metre building sits a short distance away from Jardin Majorelle, the home acquired by Sanit Laurent and Pierre Bergé in 1980.

Yves Saint Laurent museum

Image © studio KO

 

Wild Dreams Of A New Beginning

There’s a breathless hush on the freeway tonight
Beyond the ledges of concrete
restaurants fall into dreams
with candlelight couples
Lost Alexandria still burns
in a billion lightbulbs
Lives cross lives
idling at stoplights
Beyond the cloverleaf turnoffs
‘Souls eat souls in the general emptiness’
A piano concerto comes out a kitchen window
A yogi speaks at Ojai
‘It’s all taking pace in one mind’
On the lawn among the trees
lovers are listening
for the master to tell them they are one
with the universe
Eyes smell flowers and become them
There’s a deathless hush
on the freeway tonight
as a Pacific tidal wave a mile high
sweeps in
Los Angeles breathes its last gas
and sinks into the sea like the Titanic all lights lit
Nine minutes later Willa Cather’s Nebraska
sinks with it
The sea comes over in Utah
Mormon tabernacles washed away like barnacles
Coyotes are confounded & swim nowhere
An orchestra onstage in Omaha
keeps on playing Handel’s Water Music
Horns fill with water
ans bass players float away on their instruments
clutching them like lovers horizontal
Chicago’s Loop becomes a rollercoaster
Skyscrapers filled like water glasses
Great Lakes mixed with Buddhist brine
Great Books watered down in Evanston
Milwaukee beer topped with sea foam
Beau Fleuve of Buffalo suddenly become salt
Manhatten Island swept clean in sixteen seconds
buried masts of Amsterdam arise
as the great wave sweeps on Eastward
to wash away over-age Camembert Europe
manhatta steaming in sea-vines
the washed land awakes again to wilderness
the only sound a vast thrumming of crickets
a cry of seabirds high over
in empty eternity
as the Hudson retakes its thickets
and Indians reclaim their canoes

–  Lawrence Ferlinghetti 

Gregory Crewdson: Cathedral of the Pines

 

Cathedral of the Pines is the latest body of work by American fine art photographer Gregory Crewdson.  His photographs are both dramatic and cinematic. While his images often capture what appear as disturbing or surreal real-life events, they are in fact carefully staged and lit using motion picture film equipment and techniques.

This series, mark a time of transition for Crewdson, including the end of his marriage and a retreat from New York to a remote home and studio in western Massachusetts―a period of time during which Crewdson chose to remain socially withdrawn, instead committing to daily, long-distance, open-water swims and cross-country skiing on wooded paths. Cathedral of the Pines is named after one of these trails.

Father and Son, 2013 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy of the Gagosian Gallery

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The Motel, 2014 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

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Seated Woman on Bed, 2013 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The Mattress, 2013 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Beneath the Bridge, 2014 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The Den, 2013 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The Haircut, 2014 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The VW Bus, 2014 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The Shed, 2013 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

"Although it might be hard to tell, this picture was made under crazy winter conditions. It was below zero that day, and the wind was brutal. The house we were shooting in was really a summer lake cabin, and didn't have central heat. We had space heaters going in the room around the subject to keep her warm, but basically it was freezing in there. You can see on the windows further from camera, we left the ice on the inside of the glass. Neal from our art department had to keep scraping the ice off the other two so we could see through. The camera was positioned outside, and the battery kept freezing. And the camera crew was all huddled in a little group behind the camera, like chickens in winter.""Woman at Window," 2014, Digital Pigment Print, Image size 37 1/2 x 50 inches (95.3 x 127 cm), Framed size 45 1/16 x 57 9/16 inches (114.5 x 146.2 cm), Edition of 3, plus 2 APs. ©Gregory Crewdson

Woman at Window, 2013 © Gregory Crewdson courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Foreboding … Mother and Daughter, 2014 © Gregory Crewdson Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

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Woman at Sink, 2014 © Gregory Crewdson Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The Drainpipe, 2014 © Gregory Crewdson Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

The Barn, 2013 © Gregory Crewdson Courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Gregory Crewdson: Cathedral Of The Pines is on show at The Photographer’s Gallery until 8 Oct 2017. http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk

Timothy Leary’s Hitchcock Estate

 

The Hitchcock Estate in Millbrook, New York is a historic mansion and surrounding grounds. The 64-room Bavarian baroque mansion was built in the early 20th century by German-born gas magnate Charles F. Dieterich and eventually sold to the Hitchcock family in 1963. The siblings Billy Hitchcock and Peggy Hitchcock who have both tried LSD would open the doors of their estate to Timothy Leary and the Psychedelic Movement.

In September of 1963, Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert and Ralph Metzner (their colleague at Harvard) moved into the Hitchcock Estate, along with thirty or so of their followers. There Leary established what he called the League for Spiritual Discovery.

Timothy Leary

1967. © Getty Images

 

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During Leary’s residence at the mansion (1963–1968) the culture and ambiance there evolved from scholarly research into psychedelics to a more party-oriented atmosphere, exacerbated by an increasing stream of visitors and guests included R. D. Laing, Allen Ginsberg and Charles Mingus. Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters visited in their bus Further.

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The mansion was the target of drug raids. In April 1966, a squad of police investigators headed by G. Gordon Lilly, later to achieve notoriety and a criminal conviction in the Watergate affair, arrested Leary and three other people at mansion for possession of marijuana. Leary and his group were evicted in 1968; Leary moved to California.