New York City

The first-ever, large-scale outdoor exhibition in the U.S. of Claude and her late husband Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s sculptures is being presented by New York’s Paul Kasmin gallery. Spanning multiple sites on the lawn that runs down the centre of Park Avenue, Manhattan, the show includes eight monumental works including Pomme de New York by Claude Lalanne (b.1924), a large bronze sculpture of an apple.

Other highlights include Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s (1927-2008) last sculpture, Singe Avisé (Très Grand), a cross-legged monkey, and Moutons, a flock of his iconic life-size sheep and lambs crafted from epoxy and bronze.

From their home and studio in Ury, a village outside of Paris, the Lalannes had been working together for over 50 years before Francois-Xavier’s death in 2008 (Claude continues to work). The couple found inspiration in nature and cast forms of life using contemporary electro-plating techniques.

Whereas once they were considered outsiders in the art world, the Lalannes are now the stars of the auction room. In recent years, prices for their work have more than trebled, culminating in February of this year at Christie’s Paris sale of the contents of Yves Saint Laurent’s apartment, when a bar by Francois-Xavier achieved $2,753,000.

The work of the Lalannes is particularly popular with private collectors and Les Lalanne on Park Avenue represents a rare opportunity to view some of their remarkable sculptures.

September 13 through November 20, 2009
Park Avenue, New York City
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