Two Surrealist Sculpture Exhibits That Delight With Whimsy This Spring
This spring there are two must-see fantastical, surrealist-inspired sculpture exhibits in New York City, at the Paul Kasmin Gallery and at Unix Gallery, respectively. Both shows explode with exuberance and include larger-than-life, fanciful sculptures. The French artist duo, Claude Lalanne and Francois-Xavier Lalanne (d. 2008), in collaboration with landscape artist and long-time friend Madison Cox, present new and older works, mostly all bronze sculptures, transforming the space into a magical wonderland. As with previous exhibits, the Lalannes are consistent with their penchant for pairing nature and animals in an endearing approach. Over at Unix Gallery, is the feast for the eyes exhibit by hyper-realist sculptor Peter Anton called 'The Foodhist Temple'. Upon entering this gastronomic sanctuary, the spectator must remove their shoes, mentally relax and unwind, and begin to worship a wide array of delectable food sculptures. Anton creates a safe haven where viewers can indulge in their fantasies, desires, and voracious appetite for food in a non-judgmental space. Oversized strips of bacon, giant pizza slices, and gargantuan burgers are displayed on altars - serving as deities - to be lusted over and worshipped. 'Les Lalanne' will be on view at Paul Kasmin Gallery through May 2 and 'The Foodhist Temple' at Unix Gallery until May 9.