Pierre Bergé didn’t feel Yves Saint Laurent was getting his due in the upcoming show of Warhol and his world at the Grand Palais in Paris. The 1974 portraits of the fashion designer were being hung near Giorgio Armani and Sonia Rykiel. Bergé thought the pictures should have been somewhere else, Agence France Press reports:
“I told the curator I did not see things this way, either he changed Saint Laurent’s place or I would withdraw the paintings. Apparently this was not possible for one reason or another and so I withdrew the four works,” Berge added.
Berge said the YSL portraits instead could have been hung in a section titled “artists”.
“I don’t deny he was a designer, that was how he described himself, but I think he was more than that.”