Les Artistes

“Sans eux pas de collections d'art.
Avec eux la beauté, la provocation, le plaisir, la réflexion. ”

L
L


LaChapelle, David
"Pair(s)" september - december 2015,
"Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013


Born in the USA in 1963, he lives and works in Hawaii. 

David LaChapelle started his career creating advertising campaigns and editorials for fashion magazines. Being inspired by everything from art history and street culture to the Hawaiian jungle in which he lives, his images are filled with metaphors and references to both pop culture and art history. Often provocative, surprising and shocking, his work projects an image both loving and critical. LaChapelle has developed a very recognizable colorful photographic style. Beside his photographic work, he also directs music videos and documentary films.


 

More about the artist
the artist's site
 
Ladouceur, Jeff
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1976 in Canada. Lives and works in New York.

A self-taught artist, Jeff Ladouceur works primarily with ink, pencil and acrylic to create meticulous cartoons, which takes us beyond the limits of our imagination. His world is poetic and touching, yet his characters struggle with everyday life and surrealistic meetings, with cloud-creatures, tiny elephants, octopi, or an abominable snowman. Combining happiness and melancholy, his work is a surprising, weird encounter between innocence and the darkest irony as in a tragicomedy.

 


 
Lafont, Suzanne
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1949 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

Philosopher, Suzanne Lafont started taking pictures in the mid-1980’s without any photographic training. She mainly works in studio, where she stages models as a movie director, in order to decompose simple actions in a theoretical approach of the notions of time and language. One can also see her interest in cinema in the shadow-saturated lighting of her pictures.

 


 
Lahaut, Stanislas
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1979 in Belgium. Lives and works in Ghent.

Stanislas Lahaut’s work comprises drawings, photographs, collages, videos, and installations. He gets his inspiration from a spontaneous appreciation of life itself in all its dangerous, poetic, original, humorous, and sometimes absurd glory. Lahaut uses small, almost insignificant things, to make well-aimed digs at contemporary man and his state of indifference.

 


 
Lamsfuss, Ulrich
"Pair(s)" september - december 2015,
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014
 

Born in Germany in 1971, he lives and works in Berlin.

Ulrich Lamsfuss borrows images from different sources – advertising, press, and cinema or art history – which he then meticulously reproduces in his paintings, exploring the intersections between visual culture, fine art and commerce. The artist titles each work after its original author and context, emphasizing the arbitrary nature of images and the archival impulses in his practice. Lamsfuss’ paintings are enigmatic and hyper real, compelling the viewer to discern between original and reproduction, physical and digital, and art and advertising.

 


 
Land, Peter
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1966 in Denmark. Lives and works in Copenhagen.

Peter Land’s videos, drawings and installations usually show him in obsessively repetitive situations that are often grotesque, caricatured or driven to extremes. Recording acts and, above all, their repetition, is a constant concern in his work. The artist explores the basic conditions of existence and attempts to find sense in acts that appear senseless. Land proposes himself as an object of study, with his body, his doubts and his fears, to reveal the fragmentation, the dignity and the absurdity of contemporary people, as seen in the everyday images that are transmitted by our cultural codes and by the media. Thus, he becomes an analyst of our times, lucid and melancholic in equal parts.

 


 
Langa, Moshekwa
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1975 in South Africa. Lives and works in Amsterdam and Johannesburg.

As a visual anthropologist, Moshekwa Langa deals in his work with subject matters such as political participation, social affiliation, religious rituals, and the construction of identity. He draws inspiration from the surroundings, memories of growing up in rural South Africa and own experiences as expatriate in Europe. His drawings, installations, sculptures, photographs, and videos often incorporate waste materials like colorful yarns, nail polish, masking tape, or cement bags. Langa not only accumulates the various materials on top of each other, he also creates layers of meanings and references. These remain often ambivalent or cryptic, leaving the decoding of the work entirely to the viewers.

 


 
Lange, Jean-Marc
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in Canteleu (France) in 1945, he lives and works in La Celle Saint-Cloud (France).

Jean-Marc Lange has been passionate by art –especially by music – since childhood, and he later attended the Paris conservatoire where he studied under composer Olivier Messiaen. Lange only truly discovered painting when reading an illustrated Larousse dictionary and started copying the reproductions of paintings. Painter Maurice Brianchon admitted the young artist in his atelier; at the age of 19, Lange won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome. The bustling beach of Ostia, its southerly wind and the Roman terraces inspire Lange long after he left Italy. Lange also produces sculptures, lithographs and linocuts, and finds continuous inspiration in his travels. He paints in warm earth tones, ochre and whites, outlined with strong black lines and filled with cartoonish humor. La Celle Saint-Cloud asked Lange and his wife, artist Jacqueline Georges Deyme, to become involved in the artistic life of the city. The couple’s studio is open to students and the public as part of a cultural and artistic association to bring together all forms of art.


More about the artist
the artist's site
 
Laurent Lo
 "Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in 1955 in France.

In 2000, Laurent Martin, best known as Laurent Lo, discovered bamboo, a noble and versatile material. After travelling around Asia, in what the artist calls 'the bamboo route', he started to experiment with this material’s possibilities: balance, sensuality, lightness, tension and flexibility. As the artist puts it himself, he makes mobile 'structures-sculptures' that are in dialogue with space and light.

 

More about the artist
the artist's site
 
Laval, Karine
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in France in 1971, she lives and works in the USA.

Karine Laval’s artistic practice encompasses photography and video. Her still and moving images often challenge the familiar perception we have of the world, and can be seen as a bridge between the world we live in and a surreal, dreamlike dimension. Her works explore time, place, memory and perception where genres such as narrative and performance are expanded through visual and temporal transformations of represented reality. More recently, she moved away from figuration and narration towards abstraction and the deconstruction of representation. She has also integrated digital technologies in her process as a way to explore the limits of the medium and to engage a dialog with other mediums such as painting, moving images and performance.



More about the artist
the artist's site
 
Lavier, Bertrand
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in France in 1949, he lives and works in Paris and Aignay-le-Duc.

Bertrand Lavier is a critical re-inventor of the ready-made who explores the heritage of Marcel Duchamp and the ‘Nouveau Réalistes.’ In the 1980’s he started making ‘objets peints’, sculptural paintings in which the objects are covered with thick strokes of acrylic paint of the same color as the surface it conceals. Lavier does not make the object, nor does he imitate it or use it as simple ready-made, rather, he considers it as a canvas. His work is a reflection on the relation between painting and sculpture, representation and abstraction, life and art.

 

 
Le Corbusier
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in Switzerland in 1887, he died in 1965.

Le Corbusier, whose real name was Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, was an architect, designer, painter and sculptor. He started his career as an industrial designer, drawing for several architecture and design bureaus before starting his own architecture bureau in Switzerland. He moved to Paris in 1917 and, together with fellow-painter Amédée Ozenfant, initiated the purist movement a year later. The movement advocated a return to order and rationality in reaction to pre-war movements like cubism and futurism. His career took off in the 1920s with the building of several villas, among which the Villa Savoye. Some of his urban planning projects, like his Plan Voisin for Paris in 1925 were hugely controversial and never realized. After World War II, Le Corbusier participated in the reconstruction of France. His Cité radieuse in Marseille is the first example of his concept of the Unité d’habitation or “Housing unit,” which translates Le Corbusier’s idea of regrouping housing, schools, shops, swimming pools and libraries in high rises. Le Corbusier was also a famous designer who collaborated with Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé. Le Corbusier is often considered one of the greatest architects and designers of the 20th century.


 

More about the artist
the artist's site
 
Lecouturier, Pierre-Pol
"Pair(s)" September - December 2015,
"Obsession" January - March 2015,
"Red" September - December 2012,"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016


Born in Paris In 1981, he lives and works in Brussels.

Pierre-Pol Lecouturier graduated with top honors from ENSAV La Cambre. Lecouturier’s first pieces originated from his research on visual and sensitive perception, caused by the encounter of light with various materials from our daily environment, depending on their cognitive and phenomenological potential. His inspiration often comes from the misappropriation of visual technologies. In 2012, Lecouturier co-founded the Rectangle collective, an artist run public space project. A homemade billboard, standing on the rooftop of a former label-printing workshop in Saint Gilles, displays the work of different artists every two months, for view 24/7 as it were an advertisement. A second project he developed is The Walk, which is an independent art agenda in Brussels that proposes a new series of art related events every month.


More about the artist
the artist's site
 
Leenhardt, Gaëlle
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1987 in France. Lives and works in Belgrade.
Studied at ENSAV.


 

More about the artist
contact the artist
the artist's site
 
Leibovitz, Annie
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011

Born in 1949 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

While studying painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, Annie Leibovitz took night classes in photography. She is mostly known for her intimate portraits of celebrities for the Rolling Stone magazine, where she worked for 10 years. By the time she left the magazine, she had shot 142 covers. Her photographs also appeared on covers and editorials in Vanity Fair and Vogue. In addition to her magazine work, Leibovitz has created advertising campaigns and has worked with many arts organizations, like the American Ballet Theater and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

 


 
Lennarts, Johan
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

 Born in 1932 in The Netherlands and died in 1991.

Johan Lennarts has developed a multifaceted oeuvre in which the landscape is a recurring theme. His works include sculptures, glass-paintings, drawings and canvasses. The styles and the paintings techniques have changed along the years. He has constantly been searching for new challenges and has experimented with impressionism, expressionism, surrealism and pop art.

 


 
Leofreddi, Emilio
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Born in 1958 in Italy. Lives and works in Rome.

 


 
Lerooy, Thomas
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016, "Pair(s)" September - December 2015,
"Obsession" January - March 2015, "Red" September - December 2012, "Resonance(s)" April - June 2014, "States of Mind" January - March 2014, "Inner Journeys" April - June 2013, "Origin(s)" May - June 2011


Born in Roeselare in 1981, he lives and works in Brussels.

In his somber, romantic works, Thomas Lerooy deals with the impermanence of being from an unexpectedly ironic perspective: in his fantastic drawings, which the artist executes with the precision of an Old Master, putti are strangled with garden hoses, busts of heroes are hollowed out like a tomato and filled with prawns, a man crumbling under the weight of his own head. Teeming with allegorical content, he adds a permanent malice that has always preserved Belgian art of too much darkness. Lerooy sees the artist as a mediator between man and his inner world, a world that in his works becomes luxuriant and manifests itself by overflowing the structure of the body.


More about the artist
the artist's site
 
Levine, Sherrie
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1947 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Sherrie Levine’s work of appropriation revolves around questions of authorship, authenticity, cultural value, and the demystification of artworks. Since the late 1970’s, she reprises images and objects – such as sculptures by Constantin Brancusi and Marcel Duchamp, photographs by Walker Evans and Alfred Stieglitz, and geometric forms from abstract modernist painting – and places them before contemporary audiences to be experienced again. Her practice underscores the way the art accumulates different meanings over time and in different contexts. Levine suggests that how we see and understand things is conditioned by our collective and singular, shared and private experiences.

 


 
Lewandowski-Lois, Rosemary
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in the USA in 1930, she lives and works in New York.

Rosemary Lewandowski-Lois grew up in Syracuse, New York, in a family of steel workers and farmers. She studied Advertising Design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and then worked as an art director for several ad agencies and magazines before devoting herself to painting. Her “painting machines” testify of her fascination with the relation between man and machine.  Lewandowski-Lois’ art is heavily influenced by the Precisionist movement (an American art movement which celebrated modern engineering, constructions and factories) as well as by the art of Fernand Léger. Aside from her “machine paintings”, she is also known for her portraits of friends and family. Together with her husband George Lois, also an advertising art director, they collect primitive and modern art.

 

More about the artist
the artist's site
 
LeWitt, Sol
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1928 in the USA and died in 2007.

An important figure in contemporary art, Sol LeWitt is considered as the founder of conceptual art. “When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes the machine that makes the art,” he explained. He had a prolific career and his body of work encompasses painting, photography and three-dimensional ‘structures’ as well as his famous wall drawings. "All intervening steps, scribbles, sketches, drawings, failed work models, studies, thoughts, conversations, are of interest. Those that show the thought process of the artist are sometimes more interesting than the final product," wrote LeWitt in his Paragraphs on Conceptual Art (1967).

 


 
Lin Hairong
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1975 in China. Lives and works in Beijing.

Lin Hairong is a great admirer of ancient Chinese culture and attempts in her work to evoke a sense of contemplative calm. Many features in her paintings are reminiscent of traditional Chinese art, such as the precise and restrained detailing, the soft colors and the two dimensional figures. There are also echoes of the past in the heavily stylized poses that the artist chooses for her characters, usually positioning them against a unelaborated background that makes the whole scene suggestive of a still from traditional stage drama. Although constantly referencing the past, her works are unmistakably contemporary.

 


 
Lindbergh, Peter
"States of Mind" january - march 2014 

Born in 1944 in Poland. Lives and works in Paris, New York and Arles.

Pinter Lindbergh studied painting after his school education, but soon his interest turned toward photography. Creating mostly black and white images, his pictorial language borrows some elements from early German cinema and the Berlin art scene of the 1920’s. Simple decors, minimal clothes and make-up, focus on the female beauty; these low-key aesthetics characterizes his approach of fashion and style.

 

More about the artist
the artist's site
 
Liu Bolin
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1973 in China. Lives and works in Beijing.

Liu Bolin, also called The Invisible Man, became known for his series Hiding in the City (2005). Bolin is a multidisciplinary artist, using painting, photography, sculpture, and performance. By carefully painting his own body to seemingly fuse with and disappear into a variety of urban spaces, objects, and architectures, the artist explores the ways in which the places we live in shape our identities. After his first series, he extended his ‘camouflage actions’ from China to the rest of the world. Liu Bolin is concerned with the distance between: freedom and control, expression and silence, individual and collective, perceptible and invisible. Like other Chinese artists of his generation, his creations explore the experience of living in a quickly altering urban environment.

 

More about the artist
the artist's site
 
Liu Ding
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in China in 1976, he lives and works in Beijing.

Liu Ding is an artist, curator, writer and producer. As an artist, he is active in the fields of photography, installation, theater design and painting. Liu Ding’s art often refers to art history and the mechanisms and rules of the art world. He often invokes other (famous) artists in his work; he also questions Chinese contemporary art and the role of the artist. He co-founded the Office of Art and Theory with Carol Yingua Lu in Beijing. Liu Ding is famous for his ongoing conceptual project Liu Ding’s Store, which he started in 2008. It takes the form of a pop up store that the artist brings to cultural events and art exhibitions, and reflects on the way the art world creates value. Liu Ding represented China at the 2009 Venice Biennial.

 

 
Llena, Antoni
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1942 in Spain. Lives and works in Barcelona.

The work of Antoni Llena is characterized by the use of the ephemeral and waste materials using them to make compositions with titles that are, not only arbitrary statements, but through their poetic license evoke their meaningful will. The artist focuses on the fragility and precarious instability that manifests itself in our understanding of the beauty.

 


 
Lleó, Lluís
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1961 in Spain. Lives and works in New York.

Lluís Lleó moves with identical ease between painting and sculpture, making his body of work especially difficult to catalogue. Characteristic of his work is the combination of painting with three-dimensional elements and architectural references. Lleó’s creations are neither sculptural paintings nor painted sculptures; they are works that lie midway between abstraction and figuration. The architectural elements, which he has been using since the beginning of the 1990s, focus on the mysterious and evocative power of geometry and the rhythms and pacing that it can define. A third generation painter, Lleó inherited from his family an interest for traditional techniques such as the one of ‘al fresco’ painting. The result is a body of work that seeks concurrence between elements that appear opposite: lyricism and power; order and chaos; presence and transparency.

 

More about the artist
contact the artist
 
Locht, Jonas
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1980 in Verviers. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ERG.


 

More about the artist
contact the artist
the artist's site
 
Longo, Robert
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016, Red" September - December 2012, "Femininity 0.1" September - December 2011, "Origin(s)" May - June 2011

Born in 1953 in Brooklyn. Lives and works in New York City.

Robert Longo’s childhood fascination with mass media - movies, television, magazines, and comic books - continue to influence his career as a painter and a sculptor. He is an original member of iconic The Pictures Generation; a group of painters and photographers active during the ‘70s and ‘80s whose work made use of images appropriated from mass culture. Longo rose to fame thanks to his graphite black-and-white series from 1979, Men in the Cities, which depicted sharply dressed men and women writhing in contorted emotion. Longo directed several music videos, including The One I Love for the American rock band R.E.M., as well as the cyberpunk movie Johnny Mnemonic, starring Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren and Takeshi Kitano.

 

More about the artist
the artist's site
 
Lou, Liza
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1969 in the USA.

With an emphasis on repetition, formal perfection and materiality, Liza Lou creates unique artworks that refer to spiritual and geo-political tensions that mark our present age. Her most known creation is the monumental Kitchen (1996), a fully equipped replica of a normal kitchen entirely covered with glass beads. This sculptural tableau introduced her trademark medium of glass beads, while simultaneously establishing many of the social themes – such as labour, confinement and human endurance – that continue to underpin her work today.

 

More about the artist
the artist's site
 
Loubennikov, Ivan
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016, "Icon(s) April - July 2015

Born in Minsk in 1951, he lives and works in Moscow.

Ivan Loubennikov is a painter and professor at the Surikov Institute in Moscow. His figurative paintings are related to both Russian and European painting traditions. Loubennikov functions as a bridge between those two traditions. The major themes in his work are women, eating and drinking, but he is also interested in the complex position of Russia between Europe and Asia and the Americanization of his home country. Loubennikov also created monumental murals for metro stations in Moscow (Maïakovskaïa, Sretenski boulevar and Slavianski) and in Paris (Madeleine). The latter is a large glasswork called Ryaba the Hen, referring to a famous Russian folk tale.


More about the artist
the artist's site
 
Lowman, Nate
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1979 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Nate Lowman works with mixed media and installation. He is known for his appropriation of iconic pop-culture motifs. He raises questions about the place and value of culture in contemporary society. After long using Pop-art-style bullet holes as his signature motif, he recently began incorporating ‘smileys’ into his work.

 


 
Lozano-Hemmer, Rafael
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1967 in Mexico. Lives and works in Montreal.

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer represented his country of origin during the 2007 Venice Biennale. Sculptures, responsive environments, video installations and photographs are all part of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s body of work. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival and animatronics, he develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. His installations in public spaces seek to break off the increasingly homogenized urban condition, and his smaller-scaled works explore themes like perception, deception and surveillance.

 

More about the artist
the artist's site
 
Lucas, Sarah
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1962 in England. Lives and works in London.

Sarah Lucas’ body of work encompasses sculpture, installation, collage, and photograph, all noticeable in her defiant humour. She became well known for her highly provocative works, including crude genital punning and confrontational self-portraits. The artist uses a heterogeneous range of everyday materials to create pieces focused on the representation of the human body. Drawing on art historical references, cultural stereotypes and the British tabloid culture, Lucas challenges our conception of gender, sexuality and identity.

 


 
Lucca, Adrien
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1983 in France. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at ERG.


 

More about the artist
contact the artist
the artist's site
 
Luther, Adolf
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in Uerdingen (Germany) in 1912, he died in 1990.

Adolf Luther was a German lawyer and one of main representatives of kinetic and optical art. He gave up his successful career to devote his life to art. His Light- and Object art attempts to make the invisible visible and to grasp a reality that eludes sculptural capture and expression. To him, light represented a sublime reality; he assumed the existence of an immaterial, invisible essence of light, which he considered to be a polar opposite to the material world. As early as 1958, he dedicated himself to the investigation of light and its energetic-optical properties. In 1967, he created a room with light focused in smoke and in 1970, he started working with laser beams. Luther founded the Adolf Luther Stiftung Krefeld Foundation in 1989. Its purpose is the development and support of research investigating the conceptual foundations of concrete art since the early fifties. Additionally, it curates his works and private collection, provides restorations and awards a Development Prize for young artists. Today Luther’s works are installed in public spaces and exhibited in several museums, such as Kunstmuseum Bonn and the Neue Nationalgalerie.


More about the artist
the artist's site
 
Lux, Agnes
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1983 in Germany. Lives and works in New York.

Agnes Lux use of postcards and index cards creates conceptual collages and abstract drawings. Her interest for cards rest on their role in the communication and the language of abstract forms that they hold. Lux explains: “Postcards are used as tools of communication, usually messengers of short, trivial notes. Generally, postcards do not demand a response. Postcards are objects used as a foundry of abstraction, because the cards are not carriers of direct content - emails would rather be send to answer urgent questions - but they are an ornamentation of communication as strategy. They point at the very nature of how culture is built and reflect the structures of how artworks are valued as qualitative events today.”

 

More about the artist
the artist's site