Les Lalanne: The Poetry of Sculpture at Sotheby’s New York S/2 Gallery. From 31 October through 22 November 2013.
Sotheby’s is honored to present Les Lalanne: The Poetry of Sculpture, a selling exhibition featuring works by Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, curated by Paul Kasmin and Michael Shvo, in the New York S|2 private sales gallery from 31 October through 22 November 2013. Offering a wide range of the couple’s most iconic and sought-after works chosen by Kasmin, a long-time gallerist of the duo, and Shvo, an avid collector of the works, the gallery space will be transformed into a midnight garden and thereby evoke the surrealist sculptors’ magical world in which their life and art were intertwined since the 1960’s.
Highlights of the selling exhibition include François-Xavier’s iconic sheep, Moutons de Laine (Troupeau de 3), and monumental bronze bear, La Grande Ourse, and Claude’s regal rabbit, Nouveau Lapin de Victoire. Also on view are works that have never been exhibited before including Mouflon de Ram Island (grand) and Vache Bien Etablie II, both by François-Xavier.
Interest in and appreciation of the artists’ work is at an all-time high following a series of museum and gallery shows—notably, a 2010 retrospective at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris—making this an ideal time to celebrate and introduce their work to a broader global audience.