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).
September 24, 2018
With 135 exhibits to hit, you’ll never fully explore Expo Chicago, the city’s signature art fair, which runs September 27 to 30 at Navy Pier. But here are three don’t-miss attractions—Infinity chamber: Chilean Iván Navarro’s water-tower-shaped sculptures are eight feet tall but appear to extend forever, thanks to a crafty system of mirrors and neon lights. They’ll be easy to find, they’re right at Navy Pier’s entrance.
September 28, 2018
Adjacent to this deceptive design is Muro, a brick wall which leads the way for the wide range of sculptures which are spread throughout the exhibition hall. This massive block was made by Bosco Sodi, who describes his creative process as “controlled chaos”, often utilizing raw materials and vivid pigments. His name emerges again a little further into the fair at Kasmin Gallery’s booth, which includes one of his famous tower-like pieces made of clay cubes.