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The gallery’s original founding by Aimé Maeght in 1945 saw the presentation of great artists like Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Alberto Giacometti, Antoni Tàpies, Francis Bacon and Eduardo Chillida. After Maeght’s death in 1981, the gallery adopted its current name and structure with directors and equal shareholders Jacques Dupin, Daniel Lelong and Jean Frémon (J. Dupin died in 2012, the same year D. Lelong retired from his position of CEO and was replaced by J. Frémon as President and CEO of both galleries, Paris and New York).
From 1981 on, began a period of adding influential artists such as Pierre Alechinsky, Louise Bourgeois, Konrad Klapheck and Jannis Kounellis, among others. The gallery in New York was founded in 1985, and is directed by Mary Sabbatino since 1990, who has been a leading proponent in the introduction of important figures from Latin America into the critical discourse: Alfredo Jaar, Ana Mendieta, Cildo Meireles, Hélio Oiticica and Zilia Sánchez.
Today the gallery continues its history of representing artists at the forefront of the international art world from nearly every continent and all generations including Leonardo Drew, Barry Flanagan, Günther Förg, David Hockney, Sam Levi Jones, Nalini Malani, David Nash, Jaume Plensa, Sean Scully, Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, and Barthélémy Toguo.
The gallery has developed the production of monumental sculptures in public space, with artists such as Jaume Plensa, Ursula von Rydingsvard and Jean Dubuffet (through a privileged relationship with the Dubuffet Foundation).
On the ground floor of the Paris gallery, a space is dedicated to original prints, working closely with the artists on the edition of new works every year. An additional space has been opened avenue Matignon in 2018.
The gallery is present at the leading international contemporary art fairs (Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Basel Hong Kong, Paris+, Frieze London, New York and Seoul, ARCOmadrid, Art Brussels, miart...).
Fabienne Verdier, 2021, Aria 8 (detail), silkscreen, edition of 40, 85 x 60 cm © Fabienne Verdier
Barthélémy Toguo, Faro V (detail), 2019, handcoloured etching, edition V/X,
In 2020, Lelong Editions began to publish the etchings that Simone Fattal, longtime companion of Etel Adnan, had engraved in 2019 at Atelier Tazé in Paris, with the technical assistance of master printmaker Bérengère Lipreau. These superb prints bring back many memories and remembrances of Simone’s childhood and youth in Syria. Several of them have been displayed in Simone’s recent show at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London. This year, a second group of prints has been issued and will be shown for the first time in the USA. Simone Fattal is one of the artists selected by Cecilia Alemani for the main show of the Venice Biennale 2022. She is also present at the Biennale de Lyon, recently opened.
This year’s booth will present some homemade prints and etchings by David Hockney, reflecting the longtime collaboration with the artist and his studio.
In 2019, Lelong Editions published a series of etchings by French-Cameroonian artist Barthélémy Toguo. Each aquatint’s title refers to Cameroon rivers and demonstrates the artist’s commitment for the protection of nature. After a successful exhibition at Quai Branly in 2021, Barthélémy Toguo presents a new museum exhibition at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona, and a monumental installation has just been unveiled inside the pyramid of the Louvre, France.
In 2020, Galerie Lelong & Co. presented the Fabienne Verdier exhibition « Arias », featuring almost twenty new silkscreens, including a few handcoloured ones. In October 2022, the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar, France, is dedicating an exhibition to Fabienne Verdier’s latest series of paintings « The Song of Stars ».
Earlier this year, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park presented a retrospective of works on paper by David Nash, that spanned over four decades of his artistic life. New and recent stencils on paper by the British sculptor will be presented at the fair.
Louise Bourgeois, Simone Fattal, David Hockney, Joan Mitchell, David Nash, Jaume Plensa, Barthélémy Toguo, Fabienne Verdier