Some French Art in London

CLAUDE & FRANÇOIS-XAVIER LALANNE, Ben Brown Fine Arts.12 Brook’s Mews, London W1, until  26th JANUARY 2017

 

Moutons by François-Xavier Lalanne in a set conceived by Manfredi della Gherardesca Photo: Tom Cartier. Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts 2016

Moutons by François-Xavier Lalanne in a set conceived by Manfredi della Gherardesca
Photo: Tom Cartier. Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts 2016

This is a hugely enjoyable exhibition celebrating the creative talents of Claude and the late François-Xavier Lalanne.  Their distinctive style explores the natural world through sculpture and one can easily understand why their work features in the collections and homes of Peter Marino, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, François Pinault, Bernard Arnault and of course the late Yves Saint Laurent.

Installation view - Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne in a set conceived by Manfredi della Gherardesca Photo: Tom Cartier. Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts 2016

Installation view – Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne in a set conceived by Manfredi della Gherardesca
Photo: Tom Cartier. Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts 2016

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Fabienne Verdier: Rhythms and Reflections, Waddington Custot, 11 Cork Street, London W1 until 4th February 2017

Fabienne Verdier at work on the Walking Paintings series courtesy Waddington Custot

Fabienne Verdier at work on the Walking Paintings series
courtesy Waddington Custot

I must say I do wonder why this is Fabienne Verdier’s first UK solo show as her mixture of Eastern and Western artistic traditions are remarkable.  The exhibition features some thirteen new works from her Walking Paintings series and Rhythms and Reflections. This latter group reflect her period as artist-in-residence at New York’s Juilliard School in 2014 and show how music and art can be combined.  As the image suggests her working process is highly physical.

Fabienne Verdier, Ressac II, 2016, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 226 x 150 cm, courtesy Waddington Custot

Fabienne Verdier, Ressac II, 2016,
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 226 x 150 cm,
courtesy Waddington Custot

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Barry Flanagan

Barry Flanagan, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, Waddington Custot Galleries, 11 Cork Street, London W1, until 14th May 2016

Barry Flanagan: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral is at Waddington Custot Galleries 4 March – 14 May 2016 www.waddingtoncustot.com

Barry Flanagan: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral is at Waddington Custot Galleries 4 March – 14 May 2016
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Curated by Dr Jo Melvin, this exhibition looks at the works from this noted sculptor who was a part of early British Conceptual Art. He worked in a variety of materials – sand, plaster, cloth, metal, stone and bronze – and one can correctly discern a note of irreverence in his approach.  In his film sand girl (1970) where sand is poured over a naked woman the viewer becomes an element in the “sculptural” process.

Barry Flanagan: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral is at Waddington Custot Galleries 4 March – 14 May 2016 www.waddingtoncustot.com

Barry Flanagan: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral is at Waddington Custot Galleries 4 March – 14 May 2016
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The show’s title comes from a review by the American writer and curator Gene Baro of Flanagan’s first solo show at the Rowan Gallery.  I shall share Barry Flanagan’s own words about his work with you: All materials are sculptural. I experience the physical world in nature and the physical world in our built structures, as sculptural

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