ISBN: PB: 9780300250848

Yale University Press

August 2021

80 pp.

25.4x20.3 cm

40 colour illus., 5 black&white illus.



Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne

Nature Transformed

Francois-Xavier (1927-2008) and Claude (1925-2019) Lalanne were a husband-wife team of artists who created inventive and often whimsical works that have been widely admired and collected since the 1960s. This book presents a carefully selected group of scultpures 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.

About the Author

Kathleen M. Morris is the Sylvia and Leonard Marx Director of Collections and Exhibitions and the curator of decorative arts at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA.