The American Gallery Paul Kasmin organizes a retrospective of Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne. Claude Lalanne (b. 1924) and François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008) were a couple that dominated French art for quite some time with their interpretations of nature, especially animals. There is an interesting surrealistic tinge to their work. At the beginning of his career Brancusi introduced Lalanne to artists such as Max Ernst, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Jean Tinguely. Francois-Xavier met Claude at his first gallery show in 1952. The show signified an end of painting for Francois-Xavier as he and Claude began their career sculpting together.