Galerie Lelong settles on avenue Matignon

David Hockney, “Self Portrait III, 20 March 2012” iPad drawing printed on paper, Edition of 25, © David Hockney / Photo Credit : Richard Schmidt / Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris 

The first time I saw a David Hockney iPad drawing was at Musée Yves Saint Laurent in October 2011. The show was revolutionary and everyone wondered if “real” art was over? For the opening of their new gallery on avenue Matignon in the former Jérôme de Noirmont space, Galerie Lelong is showing “Portraits”, a series of four new self portraits and many others produced on iPad. If, like me, you revere David Hockney, you will be happy to discover this new space at the corner of Matignon and Penthièvre.

Three large rooms with fabulous men painted by David Hockney, photo Richard Schmidt, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co.

At at time when many small galleries are closing in Paris, it seems that the 8 th arrondissement is booming with Kamel Mennour’s tiny gallery on avenue Matignon, and Gagosian’s a few meters away from Christie’s, on rue de Ponthieu. As a close neighbor I regret the disappearance of Jérome de Noirmont’s space which was temporarily replaced by a bag store. He now organizes large art productions.  But the arrival of Galerie Lelong & Co is wonderful news. On the same block as the Bristol hotel, which was made hip by Woody Allen’s film “Midnight in Paris”, the very established gallery is acquiring a new antenna not far from its historical space of rue de Téhéran.

The gallery opened in a very Haussmann type building on 38 ave Matignon

Started in Paris in 1981 and in New York in 1985, Galerie Lelong represents some of my favorite artists like Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Serra and Pierre Alechinsky. A year after the Tate, Centre Pompidou and the Metropolitan Museum all celebrated David Hockney’s 😯 th birthday, they are showing twenty three “Pictures of Daily life “in their main space and “Portraits” in this new one.

Photo Richard Schmidt, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co

In September the exhibition will feature Joan Miro. (Until July 27, 38 avenue Matignon and 13 rue de Téhéran.)

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