Artist Fabrice Hyber’s sculpture made entirely from lipstick. (Photo: WWD)
There’s lipstick in a tube, and then there’s lipstick in the form of a 330-pound cubical sculpture on view at the Palais de Tokyo museum in Paris. Entitled “1M3 de beauté,” which means “one cubic meter of beauty,” it’s the work of French artist Fabrice Hyber and part of his show Matières Premières (a.k.a. Raw Materials), which runs through January 7th. The shade on view is none other than Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture number one. “It needed to be a red that is very vivid, very present,” Hyber told WWD.
Our math skills are a bit rusty, but we’re wondering: how many individual tubes of lipstick would equal the weight of this mammoth cube? And perhaps more importantly, if he bought all those lipsticks, how much did that cost?
No need to stockpile lipsticks—all you need are a few go-to shades like our favorites from Beauty is Life.
A selection of portraits from the Humanae project. (Photo: Styleite.com)
We eagerly wait for Pantone's color forecasts every year to start raving about the “It” colors of the season (here's to you, Tangerine Tango). The company’s bread-and-butter, however, is their famed universal color matching system. Now Brazilian-born artist Angelica Dass is using the Pantone shading system in a whole new way with the Humanae project. Dass, who studied fashion design in Rio de Janeiro before turning to photography, is setting out to “record and catalog all possible human skin tones,” as her website explains.
Mouth (for L’Oréal), New York, 1986 Copyright by the Irving Penn Foundation via Departures
If you’re in San Francisco this summer and a fan of the late photographer Irving Penn (or heck, just a fan of art and beauty), you’ll definitely want to check out a new exhibit of his work. Opening today, the Fraenkel Gallery exhibit runs through August 20th. Departures Dispatch alerted us to the event and we continue to be captivated by Penn’s photograph above. Although Penn is known for his fashion portraiture, the exhibition will focus on his interpretation of beauty. In 2009, a Los Angeles Times photo slideshow accompanying his obituary wrote,
“Penn was a purist who mistrusted perfect beauty, which brought an engaging tension to his fashion photographs as well as his still lifes and portraits. One of his best-known shots for Vogue in the 1950s shows an impeccably dressed model glancing sideways through a veil that covers her face, as if she wasn’t ready for her close-up. Lavish textures, the rich shadow and light became Penn’s trademark.”
I’m in favor of anyone that appreciates imperfections and finds beauty in unconventional ways. Perhaps selfishly, I’m also wishing this exhibition was in NYC instead of California. If you’re in the area and make it there this summer, let us know how it is!
The Fraenkel Gallery is located at 49 Geary St., 4th floor; 415-981-2661; fraenkelgallery.com