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LET THE PAINT FLY: Yves Saint Laurent’s art works are once again courting controversy. Andy Warhol’s painting of the late couturier, which had been hanging in “The Great World of Andy Warhol” exhibition, which opens at the Grand Palais next week, has been removed at the request of Saint Laurent’s partner, Pierre Bergé. Bergé objected to the painting being displayed in the “Glamour” category alongside portraits of Helene Rochas and Sonia Rykiel and requested its removal. French daily Le Monde on Friday reported that Bergé told exhibition organizers: “You can’t mix chalk and cheese.” The four-panel painting, made from a series of Polaroids and completed in 1972, was one of the only works not put up for sale in the record-breaking YSL art auction last month. “We are really sorry not to be able to show the portrait of Yves Saint Laurent,” said a spokeswoman for the Grand Palais on Friday. “This exhibition represents three years of work.” Bergé couldn’t be reached for comment.

 

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