In NY people can experience French sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne fantastical world with “Les Lalanne,” a striking new exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery. On view is one of the couple’s rare collaborative works.
For more than 50 years, the French sculptors Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne worked closely together to create two of the twentieth century’s most whimsical bodies of work.
In 1967, the artists Francois-Xavier and Claude Lalanne moved from Paris, where they ran in a circle with the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Bergé, and Constantin Brancusi, to the small French village of Ury, near Fontainebleau. Over the years, Les Lalannes, as they are known, transformed their farm into something of a fairytale safari, carving out garden paths populated with their surreal sculptures of animals in a manner that appeared incidental, as if the works were in their natural habitat.
“It’s absolutely magical,” says the garden designer Madison Cox a longtime friend of the artist couple. Cox has always been enamored of Claude’s artistry with organic matter—while her husband, who died six years ago, is known for his oversized sculptures of beasts, Claude, at 91, is still making intricate jewelry from fossilized flora and fauna—and has designed Les Lalannes, an exhibition of the couple’s work that opened at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, to channel the sense of discovery he found when he visited their gardens in Ury.
About the show he says: “You turn a corner and there’s a surprise,” ;“I envisioned the gallery as it were an exterior. There’s a series of spaces that become a labyrinth. It isolates the work, so you don’t get to meet all the pieces at once.”
This is some exhibition you should defintly visit and get inspired!