Paris — New York
Jannis Kounellis
Les manteaux - 24 January - 09 March 2019
Despite the apparently brutality of his work at first glance, Kounellis (1936-2017) has always placed the human being at the heart of his work: by the proportions chosen (the size of a double bed, or of a sheet of paper), and by the frequent use of items of clothing (hat, coat, shoes, socks, etc.) as well as by the “moral” dimension that has infused his work since the outset.
David Hockney
New Photographic Drawings - 24 January - 09 March 2019
David Hockney does not claim to be a photographer. Rather, he is a painter who has used photography since the 1970s to capture elements of the world around him, which he observes with inexhaustible curiosity. He then arranges, recomposes and reworks them in paint, producing what he describes as “Photographic Drawings”.
Jaume Plensa
Estampes - 24 January - 09 March 2019
Bookshop - For more than 30 years, Jaume Plensa has accompanied his work as a sculptor with a substantial body of etchings, which have already been the focus of a number of retrospectives.
Jean-Baptiste Huynh
Woman Portrait de la beauté - 18 February - 11 May 2019
Galerie Lelong & Co., Matignon — WOMAN, an artistic project by Jean-Baptiste Huynh running from 2018 to 2020, showcases the beauty of the female face. Portraits have been at the heart of the work of Jean-Baptiste Huynh for 25 years.

Exhibitions

In 2014, three years before he died, Kounellis produced in the Albicocco de Udine workshop in Italy a spectacular series of twelve large etchings (220 x 120 cm) with a very limited production run of just 12 copies. Portraying the imprints of coats on large metal plates, these impressive etchings are evocative of the powerful sets he designed for theatre and the opera. What can be described as a sort of vast shroud now takes on a premonitory dimension. Never before exhibited outside of Italy, we are presenting them along with three unique works composed with coats, or their imprints, arranged on the sheets of metal that were the “canvases” of the artist, who always considered himself a painter.

oeuvres Sans titre Jannis Kounellis
Sans titre
Jannis Kounellis
Lead, Murano glass, iron wire, coat on iron plate 200 x 180 cm
estampes Senza titolo cappotti  1 Jannis Kounellis
Senza titolo cappotti 1
Jannis Kounellis
Etching. Edition of 12 213 x 114 cm
estampes Senza titolo cappotti  3 Jannis Kounellis
Senza titolo cappotti 3
Jannis Kounellis
Etching. 12 exemplaires 213 x 114 cm

A major retrospective of Kounellis, organised by Germano Celant, who coined the term of Arte Povera, will open at the Prada Foundation in May 2019 in Venice, during the Biennale.

Galerie Lelong & Co. is publishing a special volume of the lengthy interview between Jérôme Sans and Jannis Kounellis in 2011 that has never been published in France

Fascinated in recent times by the question of reverse perspective and its philosophical and artistic implications, he recently produced four vast new Photographic Drawings, which we will present on the four walls of our salon. In particular, we can see the artist posing in the middle of his workshop in Los Angeles, surrounded by his most recent works (some of which were exhibited during the 2017 retrospective of his work at the Centre Pompidou).

oeuvres In the Studio, December 2017 David Hockney
In the Studio, December 2017
David Hockney
© David Hockney - assisted by Jonathan Wilkinson / Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.
oeuvres Seven Trollies, Six and a Half Stools, Six Portraits, Eleven Paintings, and Two Curtains David Hockney
Seven Trollies, Six and a Half Stools, Six Portraits, Eleven Paintings, and Two Curtains
David Hockney
© David Hockney - assisted by Jonathan Wilkinson / Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.
oeuvres Focus Moving David Hockney
Focus Moving
David Hockney
© David Hockney - assisted by Jonathan Wilkinson / Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.

Having chosen to paint on canvases whose lower corners have been cut off in order to materialise his concept of reverse perspective, one of these Photographic Drawings has the same shape. At 81 years of age, David Hockney continues to demonstrate incredible vitality.

2018 has been an important year for the artist with a major installation in Madrid Not only has 2018 seen the preparation of two major museum exhibitions in Madrid (Palacio de Cristal) and a show in Barcelona (MACBA), as well as the completion of a number of important works (les Trois alchimistes, Fondation Carmignac, Porquerolles ; Pacific Soul, San Diego…);

estampes Symétrie Jaume Plensa
Symétrie
Jaume Plensa
Etching, 2018. 152 x 98 cm
estampes Lumière invisible (Rui Rui) Jaume Plensa
Lumière invisible (Rui Rui)
Jaume Plensa
Lumière invisible is a set of 7 digital prints etchings ( ed of 30, 70 x 49,8 cm)
estampes Alchimistes 2 Jaume Plensa
Alchimistes 2
Jaume Plensa
Alchimistes is a set of 6 etchings ( ed of 30, 70 x 70 cm)

it has also been a very productive year in terms of his etchings. The artist has produced Symétrie, a large etching with sinuous and enveloping movement and two series: the six Alchimistes, engraved onto rounded copper and presenting the silhouettes of famous writers inserted in a sort of alphabetical bubble, and the seven digital prints of Lumière Invisible, with their very deep black backgrounds from whence emerge brilliant heads of young girls with their eyes closed.

WOMAN continues the study he has been performing on faces throughout the ages and the world’s main ethnic and cultural groups since 1996 (China, South Korea, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mali, Uzbekistan, Peru, Vietnam...).

oeuvres Woman - Japan 1 Jean-Baptiste Huynh
Woman - Japan 1
Jean-Baptiste Huynh
Woman - Japan 1, 2018, inkjet on Baryta paper, 120 x 120 cm.
oeuvres Woman - India 1 Jean-Baptiste Huynh
Woman - India 1
Jean-Baptiste Huynh
Woman - India 1, 2018, inkjet on Baryta paper, 120 x 120 cm.
oeuvres Woman - Moldavia 1 Jean-Baptiste Huynh
Woman - Moldavia 1
Jean-Baptiste Huynh
Woman - Moldavia 1, 2018, inkjet on Baryta paper, 45 x 45 cm.

“As a visual artist and photographer, it is naturally by looking, by interpreting reality
through the use of light that I explore the question of beauty. This has nourished my work since its foundations some thirty years ago, and today is the focus of the photographic study I am carrying out on the beauty of the female face in its universality, its authenticity and its timelessness around the world. How can we enhance what is beautiful? How can we enhance what isn’t beautiful? Why? Do beauty and ugliness actually exist? In parallel, I am carrying out a series of interviews with personalities from various horizons – an actress, a neuroscientist, a poet, a musician, a great fashion designer, an architect, a gallery owner, a major collector, a
model – where I ask them: What is beauty? What is beauty represented by the artist?” Jean-Baptiste Huynh.