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Claude & Françoise-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed

Clark Art Institute / Williamstown / Art

The Aesthetic Movement meets Jules Verne, with a dash of French Deco. The art of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne, married Parisians who called themselves “Les Lalanne,” even though they mostly created their sculptural pieces separately, is deeply rooted in nature’s flora and fauna. The work is art-historically knowing, yet whimsically inventive. A welded-copper rhinoceros opens into a desk. A bronze-and-copper apple (plucked from the Tree of Knowledge?) has the mouth of a man. A copper-manganese sculpture of a Mallard duck is also a boat from the mind of Captain Nemo. François-Xavier died in 2008 and Claude followed in 2019. This is the couple’s first exhibition in the U.S. in over 40 years. What took so long? —L.J.

Clark Art Institute 225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA
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