Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Gingko, As In Chairs

Stunning is how I would describe these creations of Claude Lalanne. While technically they are furniture, they seem more like sculptures.


Claude Lalanne, Parisian born and with a studio in Ury, France, did not come into her own until she was in her sixties. She and her husband, François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008), were known as Les Lalannes as they both worked and exhibited together, she creating garden-inspired works to his slightly surreal animal sculptures. 


Hortensia, gingko, cabbages- all worked their way into her works of cast bronze.



As you can tell, my favorite has been her gingko chairs.



But, I couldn't leave out one of her famous  cabbages: Choupatte Moyen, 2012. It is said that the cabbage sculpture was not complete until it received its chicken feet.


In New York City, Paul Kasmin Gallery presently has an exhibition of over 30 recent and historical works by both Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne which goes through 
June 16th, 2012. 

Rizzoli also just released CLAUDE & FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE: Art | Work | Life
a visual biography of their work with rare photographs taken by Paul Kasmin in their home and studio.

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