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Should you find yourself in London this month, be sure to stop by the retrospective of the work of Les Lalanne at the gallery Ben Brown Fine Arts in Mayfair. Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne began sculpting together after their marriage, in 1952, and are perhaps most recognized for their surreal depictions of animals. (Their punning sculpture of a man with a cabbage head is also well-known: Serge Gainsbourg not only featured it on the cover of one of his LPs, he also named the album “The Man With the Cabbage Head” (“L’Homme a Tete de Chou.”) Mr. Valentino and Mr. Giammetti are both collectors of Lalanne; notably, Mr. Valentino keeps a herd of Lalanne sheep at his house in Gstaad. In fact, it’s become something of a tradition at the residence for party guests to be photographed sitting on the sheep: With an eye towards the functional that is typical of Les Lalanne, the sheep double as chairs.


Claude & Francois-Xavier Lalanne is open through September 21 at Ben Brown Fine Arts.

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