MIAMI—For the first time, American audiences will have the opportunity to admire the distinctive large format and Polaroid works of acclaimed European fashion and art photographer Marc Lagrange. Based in Antwerp, Belgium, Lagrange’s photographs have been featured for the past 20 years in leading European fashion magazines and a series of collectors edition monographs.
“Ever since the 1980s, the decade in which Lagrange dedicated himself for good to photography, he has created intriguing portraits and nudes of his muses, femmes fatales full of secrets and fantasies, with an underlying decadent impulse,” observes Arseny Vesnin, chief editor of Designcollector, and a leading European critic.
The preview reception will be held on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. with a gala opening planned for Saturday, Nov. 10 at LMNT Arts Gallery, 59 NW 36th Street in Miami’s Midtown district. For directions and more information, go to LMNTArtsMiami.com.
“We’re very pleased to have the first opportunity to showcase Marc’s work in the United States,” explained Vincent Harrison, co-founder of NAC Gallery, which is mounting the show at LMNT. “Marc has an amazing ability to create images that provoke and captivate the viewer, and I definitely believe American audiences are ready to celebrate and collect his works. Many of the photographs he’ll be exhibiting have never been seen before.”
ABOUT MARC LAGRANGE
Evocative, sensual and voluptuous, Marc Lagrange’s work celebrates beauty and pleasure. The Antwerp-based photographer, who has a predilection for nudes and portraits, creates luxurious and timeless environments, where eroticism and intimacy play a central part. The chemistry Lagrange has with his models sets him apart from other photographers. He gets them to reveal parts of themselves in a trusting climate, envisaging the shoot as the ultimate performance act. Losing their inhibitions in front of the camera, his models turn into characters, echoing Lagrange’s cinematic references. Although they bare it all, his women retain their sense of mystery and elusive charm, making them even more attractive.
Harshness and shock are absent from his world. Lagrange favors seduction instead of sex. Hedonistic and privileged, his images do not deal with ordinary settings or regular situations. They focus on dreams and fantasies, escaping logic and the constraints of reality. His eye for detail, which is apparent within intricate compositions, underlines a perfectionist streak, served by his use of technique. Famous for shooting with large Polaroids, the Belgian photographer loves textures and a suggestive feel, moving away from the sharp and clinical edge of fashionable photography. Emphasizing shapes and curves, Lagrange places bodies at the center of his artistic research, looking for exciting angles and new perspectives.
Designing his own sets and getting the right props is something Lagrange is passionate about. The same applies to his locations, which he carefully researches until they fit his requirements. He will often spend days looking for a specific piece of furniture or the type of cutlery he wants laid out on a table. His banquet scenes, which are striking and festive at the same time, illustrate his ability to enhance precision while creating the right mood. Pictures happen in his mind first. Lagrange does not do preliminary sketches, even though the occasional mood board may materialize at some stage. The richness of his imagination is enough to keep him going.
Lagrange’s work has been praised by critics and collected worldwide. He has recently showcased his photographs through solo exhibitions, from Galerie Paul Janssen in Grimaud to a retrospective at Young Gallery in Brussels. His “Extra Large Marc Lagrange” show took place in Graz this year, occupying 3000 square meters. In 2011, “Maison Lagrange” introduced more than 240 artworks to the public, many of them unseen. The retrospective lasted half a year. In November, he will unveil selected images in Miami for the first time. Several books have been published under his name, including Polarized by Ludion in 2009, Marc Lagrange 20 by Lido (2011) and XXML The Book, which came out in July this year. Lagrange also directed a commercial video for clothing brand Supertrash, promoting the launch of their latest fragrance.
2012 Solo Young Gallery Fine Photography
2012 XXML AUSTRIA together with Atelier Jungwirth
2012 Gallerie Jaski Solo Amsterdam
2012 Solo Gallery Paul Janssen Grimaud France
2012 Art Paris
2012 Extended Maison XXML
2012 Expo Pierre Mahaux Megeve France
2011 Solo Expo ‘ XXML’ Antwerpen
2011 Solo Gallerie Mark Peet Visser Holland
2011 Photo festival Knokke
2010 Triumph Gallery Moscow – Solo Expo
2010 MPV Gallery – ‘s Hertogenbosch.
2009 Le Café Français – expo Carole Congos – Brussels
2009 Absolute Art Gallery Knokke – Summerexpo
2008 Solo expo at Kunst+Co, Amstelveen
2008 Absolute Art Gallery Knokke – Summerexpo
2007 Solo Expo Jonas Gallery Brussels
2007 Event SupperClub Amsterdam – Solo Expo.
2007 Absolute Art Gallery, Knokke
2007 Houses of Art, Marbella
2007 Glas & Kunst, Goirle
2006 Grote Overzichtsexpo in FotoMuseum te Antwerpen
2006 Glas & Kunst, Goirle
2004 Galerie Kunst& Co, Amstelveen
2004 Gallery ‘ Les deux arts ‘ Brugge
2004 Expo ‘ Le Boudoir ‘ – non stop – Antwerp.
2004 Twin expo met Herman Brood – Art depot -Bonheiden
2004 Casino Beringen
ABOUT NAC GALLERY
NAC Group is a global entity that consists of a group of like-minded individuals with a shared passion and purpose. We have rejected today’s accepted conventional wisdom when it comes to how a gallery should operate. When we look back through art history, fortune has always favored the rule breakers and the trend setters, not the conformists and the followers. We offer consulting services to collectors, publishers, and dealers. We also represent collections and estates, enabling them an effective presence in the global market place.
NAC Group currently maintains a gallery at 3325 NE 32nd St. in Fort Lauderdale’s emerging North Beach art and design district, and recently assumed responsibility for exhibit programming at LMNT Arts in Miami’s Midtown district. NAC also has operations in New York and London.
To learn more, go to www.nacgallery.com.