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Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne : Nature Transformed

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A beautifully illustrated, concise critical analysis of the art, careers, and reception of the husband-wife team of artists known as Les Lalanne

Francois-Xavier (1927-2008) and Claude (1925-2019) Lalanne were a husband-wife team of artists who created inventive and often surprising works that have been widely admired and collected since the 1960s. This book presents a carefully selected group of sculptures that focus on a shared preoccupation of the artists: the transformation of natural forms to serve new purposes, such as Francois-Xavier's giant grasshopper sculpture that opens into a bar and Claude's bench made of galvanized metal branches and vines such that it remains as much a forest as a place to sit.

Critical analysis explores the full breadth of the artists' careers; considers the complex issues of reception and categorization of their work; and prompts a reevaluation of the place their art occupies in the context of art museums, all while encouraging readers to consider relationships among nature, art, and their own encounters with both.

Details
  • Author: Kathleen M. Morris,  curator of decorative arts at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA.
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Date published: November 2021
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9780300250848
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 22.9 cm

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