Chasing the Sun

Saint Laurent and Sho Shibuya are opening a beachside gallery for Art Basel
By Bailey Slater | Art | 30 November 2021

For the next iteration of Saint Laurent’s immersive Rive Droite project, Anthony Vaccarello has commissioned Japanese artist Sho Shibuya to create an ephemeral gallery space in Miami Beach.

The exhibition is set to coincide with Art Basel, a world-renowned art fair that kicks off in Miami next week, whilst also paying tribute to the 55th anniversary of the very first agenda-setting Rive Gauche RTW boutique opening in Paris. To mark the momentous (and aesthetically pleasing) occasion in style, the artist has created a series named 55 Sunrises, with a handful of the works looking to Saint Laurent’s original logo for inspiration.

The New York-based artist is best known for the emotive colour gradients that comprise his original Sunrise from a Small Window series, in which the skies from his early-morning meditations would lock horns with the carnage offered up by the daily news. Glossing over boxes of tiny newsprint text with bold shapes and airy pastels, the project eventually developed into a visual diary, with stunning sunsets finding themselves surrounded by pitchforks of text that represent the turbulent stories of the current day.

Open from sunrise to sunset (literally), Saint Laurent’s Rive Droite gallery space finds itself situated right on the Miami beachfront, doubling as a beachside café for the on-the-go art savant. 

55 Sunrises is open from November 30 to December 5, with Shibuya’s paintings set to be on display and available for purchase at Saint Laurent Rive Droite Paris and Los Angeles early next year.

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