Les Lalanne are an artist duo comprising of married couple François-Xavier Lalanne (1927–2008) and Claude Lalanne (b. 1924). Brancusi introduced Lalanne to artists such as Max Ernst, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Jean Tinguely. He met Claude Lalanne at his first gallery show in 1952. The show signified an end of painting for Francois-Xavier as he and Claude began their career sculpting together.
While Francois-Xavier favored sculpting animal themes, Claude preferred vegetation. The themes explored by the two collectively went against the Les Lalanne were known to co-create on projects rather than collaborate. current trend of Abstract art in the 1960s. The couple believed and Francois-Xavier claimed, “the supreme art is the art of living.”
In recent years, the works of Les Lalanne have been exhibited in different venues in New York City. In 2009, the artist duo participated in Park Avenue Recession Art, an effort developed by the Paul Kasmin Gallery, the New York City Parks Department’s public-art division and the Fund for Park Avenue Sculpture Committee. The project involved a series of sculptures in between crosswalks on Park Avenue. The pieces featured were a bronze apple called “Pomme de New York” on 52nd Street, “Moutons” on 53rd Street, “Choupatte (Très Grand)” on 56th Street, and “Singe Avisé (Très Grand)” on 58th Street, which was Francois-Xavier’s last sculpture.
A major sculpture exhibition by Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne at both of Paul Kasmin Gallery’s New York gallery spaces (515 W 27 St. and 293 Tenth Ave), May 4 thru June 16. Claude Lalanne, who is almost 90 years old and lives about an hour outside Paris, will be in New York for the opening. A book of Paul Kasmin’s photographs of Les Lalanne studio & home will be published in May by Rizzoli.