A Labyrinth of Lalanne
Artist duo Les Lalanne (Claude and the late François-Xavier) are well known in New York for having turned their sculptural menagerie loose in the city. Their flocks of sheep have grazed the median on Park Avenue and a lawn in Chelsea, and a large Lalanne monkey has intimidated passersby at 58th Street. A new exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery may contain their work, but it doesn’t try to tame it. For the exhibition Kasmin tapped renowned landscape architect Madison Cox to create a labyrinth whose winding pathways reveal Lalanne sculptures and designs, both historic and recent: an immense golden apple, an owl alighting on a Brancusi-like platform, a chandelier formed from a bramble of bronze twigs.
A book, Les Lalanne: Fifty Years of Work, 1964-2015, featuring previously unpublished material from the artists’ archive, complements the exhibition, which runs through May 2 at Paul Kasmin Gallery.