January 26, 2019
This exhibition marks another exciting leap of sorts for the relationship between Kasmin and the Lalannes. Paul Kasmin himself was the first to show the Lalannes' work in the United States—and has shown them many times since—and now, 30 years after Kasmin's opening, this exhibition is staged in the gallery's newest space on 27th Street in Manhattan, which opened last fall. To put an architectural spin on the setting for the the objects, Kasmin called on garden guru and AD100 Hall-of-Famer Louis Benech to turn the space into a labyrinth-meets-white-box-gallery and help curate the selection of objects. Walking through the double-height doors, one is only confronted with a bulbous bronze apple and 10-foot-tall mirror, both by Claude. "He’s broken up the entire gallery space to make it feel intimate, so he’s divided it into alleyways with a forced perspective," explains Dicconson. "So when you enter the show, you see an apple and a mirror on the far wall…the rest you have to discover behind the walls he’s built." Behind each wall exists a small vignette with themed objects, from Claude's crocodile furniture to François-Xavier's myriad primates (including a standout babouin—a functional fireplace in the belly of a cast iron baboon).