THE SHEEP STATION by FRANCOIS XAVIER LALANEStreet Art // Monday, 16 Sep 2013
Last weekend while navigating the overwhelming amount of fall show openings in the Chelsea District of New York, we, like everyone else around, were taken off guard by the strange scene of sheep grazing in what was once an operating gas station. The Getty Station is a new on site-specific installation program that will exist in the already heavily art-saturated area of Chelsea. For the inaugural exhibition, Michael Shvo and Paul Kasmin Gallery present “Sheep Staion” featuring the work of late artist François-Xavier Lalanne.
“Sheep Station showcases 25 of the iconic epoxy stone and bronze ‘Moutons,’ and mark the largest collection to ever be shown publicly in an outdoor presentation. Lalanne’s first iteration of the sculptures was his infamous ‘Moutons de Laine’ in 1965, gradually expanding this particular body of work to include additional variations of the sculpture in epoxy stone and bronze in 1977. Sheep Station will include works from his series ‘Les Nouveaux Moutons’ – made up of the Belier (1994), the Brebis (1994) the Agneau (1996), and Le Mouton Transhumant (1988). Also shown is an earlier series titled ‘Mouton de Pierre,’ executed between 1979 and 1984.”
“Set in a surrealist landscape amidst the existing industrial gas station architecture, the sheep symbolize Lalanne’s mission to demystify art and capture its joie de vivre. ‘Moutons’ have become Lalanne’s most iconic work, embodying his very approach to art while commenting on the nature of art itself.”
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