Claude Lalanne: Bijoux will be her largest to date, including unique works and editions, spanning 40 years of the artist’s oeuvre. Made in her atelier in France, Lalanne’s jewelry is created patiently by hand. Surrounded by Les Lalanne sculpture and furniture, the artist draws inspiration from the natural world and her own vivid imagination. Coaxing flora and fauna into surreal and whimsical combinations, the artist explores and embraces varied textures, as well as organic forms around her.
Through a mastery of renaissance life-casting and contemporary techniques, Lalanne transforms organic creations into wearable artworks of bronze, silver and gold. Collier Groseilles (2016), one of the highlights of the exhibition, features polished bronze leaves, twigs, and groseilles, or gooseberries, wrapped around a center collar. Each part retains its natural qualities exemplifying the unparalleled delicacy and virtuosity of Lalanne’s trademark craftsmanship.
Lalanne’s seminal partnerships with iconic French fashion houses include collaborations with Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior. Saint Laurent commissioned Lalanne for his A/W 1969 Haute Couture collection, in addition to a series of zoomorphic sculptures for the French designer’s Paris apartment. Collectors of her work include fashion designers Valentino and Gianni Agnelli.
Opening reception on October, 28. 6-7pm.