In Brief: RIP Balthazar Korab, Copycat Construction, Elbaz Maquillage, Ballet Buzz

Balthazar Korab’s 1988 photo of the Sydney Opera House.

• Architect turned photographer Balthazar Korab has died at the age of 86.

• Elsewhere in legendary architectural photographer news…be sure to pick up a copy of Ezra Stoller, Photographer, new from Yale University Press. The book’s co-authors, Erica Stoller and Akiko Busch, will discuss the man, the myth, the photos on Wednesday evening at the New York School of Interior Design. Purchase tickets here.

• EPCOT-style ersatz architecture is all the rage in China, but to what ends? Edwin Heathcote considers copycat construction as in his Financial Times review of Bianca Bosker‘s Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China (University of Hawaii Press).

• Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz is bringing his trademark brand of whimsy to cosmetics. His collection for Lancôme debuts in June. Comment dit-on madcap?

• “Symmetry and balance can be the best friends of lust and tenderness.” And other lessons from Brancusi‘s “The Kiss,” as revealed by Nicholas Fox Weber for ARTnews just in time for Valentine’s Day.

• Looks from Vivienne Westwood‘s spring 2013 collection make a cameo in a new ad campaign for the English National Ballet. “It is about taking dancers out of tutus and moving away from conventional backstage images to show the intensity, creativity, and hot bodies of the dancers,” says Tom Sharp of The Beautiful Meme, the York-based creative agency behind the rebranding.

• Not into ballet? This video, highlighting the new collaboration between the New York City Ballet and the Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration known as FAILE, may change your view: