Paris — New York

Previous exhibitions

Fabienne Verdier
24 June - 05 July 2020
The entire body of work produced by Fabienne Verdier, which for a long time was exaggeratedly considered as being akin to oriental calligraphy, is inspired by the careful observation of natural phenomena: variations in light, the energy of winds, waves and eddies in waterways, the bending of branches, the blaze of lighting, the improbable geometry of clouds. She does not seek to imitate these forms in order to represent them, but to draw on their energy so that, in the peace and quiet of her studio, she can materialise it on the canvases she has prepared for that purpose.
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Ernest Pignon-Ernest
20 May - 13 June 2020
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David Hockney
30 April - 27 May 2020
David Hockney has been practicing the art of the portrait and the self-portrait for more than 60 years. Under the title, Drawing from Life, the National Portrait Gallery in London recently brought together a wide selection of portraits of five of his favourite subjects produced over these six decades: the artist himself, his mother and three of his closest friends, Celia Birtwell who was already a luminous presence in the famous painting entitled Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy; Maurice Payne, his printing assistant with an aquiline profile; and Gregory Evans who was held in high esteem by the artist as each of the portraits drawn of him shows.
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Etel Adnan
16 April - 06 May 2020
Etel Adnan has always been interested in cosmology, the relationship of planets and stars with each other, but above all their interaction with Earth. Her first poem, written when she was still living in Lebanon, evoked the link between the sun and the sea. In the 1960s, in California, she was fascinated by space exploration. When Gagarin died, she wrote “A Funeral March for The First Cosmonaut” and the publishing house founded by her friend Simone Fattal was named The Post-Apollo Press, in tribute to the Apollo missions organised by NASA.
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Antoni Tàpies
12 March - 13 June 2020
At 38 avenue Matignon - Renowned worldwide from the end of the 1950s for his substantial paintings, often in monochrome, Tàpies (1923-2012) was incorrectly seen at the beginning of his career as a purely abstract painter. In fact, he never ceased to observe reality and attempt to render it in an unfettered way.
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Karel Appel / Pierre Alechinsky
12 March - 30 May 2020
Pierre Alechinsky and Karel Appel have known each other since 1949 and their CoBrA years. The artists from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam enjoyed the emulation of works produced in collaboration, often combining poems, drawings and paintings. Appel and Alechinsky had each notably worked with Christian Dotremont, but it wasn’t until 1976 that they found themselves together in Pierre Alechinsky’s studio in Bougival, outskirts of Paris to embark on a series of ink works with two brushes.
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Richard Serra
12 March - 27 June 2020
Richard Serra (San Francisco, 1939) is one of the great contemporary sculptors, whose determination to build a substantial, rigorous (always black) and innovative body of engraved work is particularly remarkable. Having explored the resources of lithography then screen-printing in the 1970s and 1980s, for the last 30 years he has focused on etchings in small, medium and then especially in very large format.
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Konrad Klapheck
12 March - 30 May 2020
For Konrad Klapheck (Düsseldorf 1935), drawing underpins his work. Starting with a brief sketch of an idea which is then subjected to a system of very rigorous geometric and formal constraints, in the final version he sets out the meticulous structure of the work, which then only needs to be reproduced in colour on the canvas. And given a title.
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Konrad Klapheck
12 March - 30 May 2020
For Konrad Klapheck (Düsseldorf 1935), drawing underpins his work. Starting with a brief sketch of an idea which is then subjected to a system of very rigorous geometric and formal constraints, in the final version he sets out the meticulous structure of the work, which then only needs to be reproduced in colour on the canvas. And given a title.
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Etel Adnan
23 January - 07 March 2020
Leporello is the name of Don Giovanni’s valet in Mozart’s opera. He is the one who unfolds a booklet on which are listed the “mille e tre” mistresses of the seducer. By analogy, in Europe this name has been given to small booklets folded in concertina on which Asian artists, Japanese in particular, like to write and draw with ink. This tradition has been adopted by some western artists.
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Günther Förg
23 January - 07 March 2020
« Standomi un giorno solo a la fenestra… » is a verse from Petrarca that Günther Förg chose for the title of a series of 100 watercolours with an identical format, produced in 2001 for an exhibition at Galerie Lelong in Paris. This title aptly encapsulates the artist’s attitude: he stands at the window and he observes. He paints what he sees: a field, a cloud, a fence, the horizon, a country road, a tree. He paints what he thinks of: lines, marks, abstract signs. He even paints the window itself. And always with the light touch, the suppleness and the grace for which he is renowned.
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David Nash
23 January - 07 March 2020
At 38 avenue Matignon : Alongside his main activity of wood sculpting, over the last years David Nash has developed a body of work using pastels. In his drawings, he has succeeded in maintaining the main quality of his sculpture: its simplicity. He produces geometric or biomorphic shapes that are often in one single colour and which seem to be alive on the page.
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Etel Adnan
23 January - 07 March 2020
In addition to her main exhibition, the artist’s latest prints will be exhibited at the bookshop.
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Ursula von Rydingsvard
21 November 2019 - 11 January 2020
For more than 40 years, Ursula von Rydingsvard has developed surprising biomorphic constructions, often on a monumental scale. Placed in nature, these works appear like natural concretions formed by erosion or sedimentation, sentient and rivalling with the surrounding trees and foliage, as we have seen in Chaumont-sur-Loire.
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Juan Uslé
21 November 2019 - 18 January 2020
Juan Uslé is a discreet artist who produces a silent, poetic and musical body of work. Away from the hustle and bustle of life, he often paints by night in his house in Saro, Spain, or in his studio in New York, two havens of meditation. His pulsatile and regular movements align with each other, the colours appearing to the rhythm of his heartbeat.
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Fabienne Verdier
21 November 2019 - 18 January 2020
At 38 avenue Matignon - Most of Fabienne Verdier’s paintings are large format. Life size, they are reflecting her body in movement. Typically, a painter sits at her easel on her stool, painting signs that are the abstract image of things seen from afar. Fabienne Verdier has shattered this approach. Her paintings are the real and immediate trace left on the canvas, itself placed on the floor, of the dance of her body which guides the giant, hanging paintbrush, laden with its weight of pigment.
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Picasso, Giacometti, Bacon
21 November 2019 - 18 January 2020
In the 20th Century art world, three artists stand out for taking their investigation of the human figure to extremes: Picasso, Giacometti and Bacon. They could only challenge the human form by deforming it to varying degrees of intensity, sometimes going as far as to vandalize and render unbearable the attractive features of the face that centuries of classical art had succeeded in enhancing and imposing. Picasso was obsessed by fragmentation, Giacometti haunted by the flow of lines, Bacon consumed by the dizzying impact of presence, but they all aspired to the same thing: celebrating the elusive and addictive human figure.
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Jaume Plensa
10 October - 16 November 2019
Jaume Plensa has conceived this new exhibition as a silent conversation. In the first part of the gallery, three heads of young girls, some three metres high, stand on the floor. Originally carved from tree trunks then cast in bronze, the elongation of the faces is much more pronounced than in other of the artist’s works, visible in places such as the Perez Museum, Miami, the Seattle Museum, the city of Bordeaux and elsewhere. The anamorphosis is captivating.
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Arnulf Rainer
10 October - 16 November 2019
From the 1950s, Arnulf Rainer was known for his radical, deliberately anti-academic approaches in an Austrian art world that was still very conservative. One of these is Übermalung, or the energetic and partial or total covering of a pre-existing image.
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Kiki Smith
10 October - 16 November 2019
Galerie Lelong & Co. has presented the artist’s work in Paris since 2003 and has organised many exhibitions of the prints of Kiki Smith. At the occasion of the exhibition curated by Camille Morineau and Lucia Pesapane, in collaboration with Marie Chênel, which will open at La Monnaie de Paris on 18 October, Lelong Editions is presenting, under the title of Homecoming, a selection of some of the standout etchings and lithographs of the last twenty years.
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David Nash
05 September - 05 October 2019
As a major retrospective of his work comes to an end at the National Museum of Cardiff, the British sculptor and artist David Nash presents a collection of pastels and charcoals with trees as their theme. Demonstrating great interest for the landscapes and nature that surround him, David Nash works mostly with wood.
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Barthélémy Toguo
05 September - 05 October 2019
Barthélémy Toguo is a multi-disciplinary artist: he is equally at ease with painting, sketching, watercolour or printing as he is with sculpture, performance, photography and video.
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Jannis Kounellis, Arnulf Rainer, Antoni Tàpies
05 September - 26 October 2019
Jannis Kounellis, Arnulf Rainer and Antoni Tàpies all placed the brutality of the material and the energy of the gesture at the heart of their work. Their unique artistic language examines the sacred character of art through the use of profane codes. Tàpies with his exploration of material and the inclusion in this works of signs and objects from daily life, Kounellis by his use of raw materials, and his pared-down and dramatic scenography, and Rainer by his obsessional “overpaintings” and his ferocious self-portraits.
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Marc Desgrandchamps
05 September - 05 October 2019
For his second one-man show at Galerie Lelong & Co., Marc Desgrandchamps has chosen the title Jardins obscurs. Some of his new paintings evoke mysterious outdoor scenes, free of any human presence, where a dark green colour dominates in a dusky atmosphere...
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Samuel Levi Jones
13 May - 13 July 2019
Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris - At first glance, the work of Samuel Levi Jones appears to be steeped in the tradition of constructivist or at least orthogonal abstract painting. A variety of coloured rectangular surfaces join and overlap to form a dynamic ensemble.
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Boomoon
13 May - 13 July 2019
For his very first exhibition at Galerie Lelong & Co., Boomoon is presenting a set of photographs of the Montagne Sainte Victoire produced during 2018.
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James Brown
13 May - 13 July 2019
Galerie Lelong & Co. is exhibiting a series of works on paper: collages, monotypes, lithographs and paintings accompanied by a sculpture and enamelled lava by the American artist James Brown. Produced between 1986 and 1992, these works pay testimony to the artist’s “Parisian years” and will be on display in the bookshop.
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Lignes
13 May - 13 July 2019
Galerie Lelong & Co. Matignon - With the Lignes exhibition, Galerie Lelong & Co. brings the works of Günther Förg, Sean Scully, Frederic Matys Thursz, Juan Uslé and Fabienne Verdier into dialogue with each other. The products of different generations and horizons, these painters have all chosen a form of abstraction as their method of expression.
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Jean-Baptiste Huynh
09 April - 29 April 2019
WOMAN showcases the beauty of the female face. Portraits have been at the heart of the work of Jean- Baptiste Huynh for 25 years. 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...)
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Barry Flanagan
14 March - 29 April 2019
Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris — Barry Flanagan (1941-2009) is, like most great artists, difficult to classify. A sculptor, artist, engraver, installer, he practiced the subtle and adroit art of the contrary. This led him to an early interest in the ‘Pataphysics of Alfred Jarry, this “science of imaginary solutions”, eventually becoming a member of the Collège de ‘Pataphysique and naming his son Alfred.
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Jean Dubuffet
14 March - 29 April 2019
Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris — This exhibition brings together works from a variety of periods in the artist’s career: lithographs from 1944 (Matière et mémoire), screen-prints from the Faits memorable series in 1978, delicious figures wearing hats in the 50s and 60s and superb prints from his “lithographic experiences” of 1958-59.
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Nancy Spero
14 March - 29 April 2019
Galerie Lelong & Co., Paris — This exhibition not only includes a 4meters long frieze, The Warriors, presented unframed as the artist preferred, but also a number of works produced over three decades (1966 to 1996).
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Jannis Kounellis
24 January - 25 February 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.
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David Hockney
24 January - 25 February 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”.
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Jaume Plensa
24 January - 25 February 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.
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