Marc Lagrange

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White Nanou 2002
Tsarina X 2003
Maybe Someday 2001
The Long Wait 2001
Capricorn
The Opera
Christiana
Les Florettes
Hastam
Semi Sweet
Selene Chocolate Polaroid
Capuacu Chocolate Polaroid
Aurora Chocolate Polaroid
Run Away Chocolate Polaroid
The Road Ahead
One Reed Chocolate Polaroid
Any Suggestion Chocolate Polaroid
The Custodian Chocolate Polaroid
Princess
Château Lagrange Polaroid Color Version

° 1957 – Kinshasa, Congo – † 2015 – Tenerife, Spain

Lagrange was born in Kinshasa, Congo, in 1957. His career path led him from engineering to photography, and his creativity from fashion to art.

Throughout his career, Lagrange photographed the same women over different periods of time, turning them into his muses. Inge Van Bruystegem—a striking model and talented dancer—is one of them. Lagrange worked with her for more than fifteen years, developing a privileged relationship. The trust that flourished between them over the years is quite rare in photography. Individuals who posed in front of Lagrange’s lens ended up spontaneously performing and revealing more about themselves than they perhaps intended to. One thing Lagrange respected is the mystery and power of women: even fully nude, his models were confident and in control; real protagonists as opposed to passive figures.

Marc Lagrange

Marc Lagrange

In 2012, Delvaux—the oldest luxury leather goods house in the world—commissioned Lagrange with portraits of women from different generations depicting their relationship with their handbags. Seductive and elegant, the black-and-white photographs gave birth to a new series that has been ongoing. In 2014, Lagrange traveled to New York to shoot iconic women and the results were powerful. From Carmen Dell’Orefice to Zani Gugelmann, he met some of Manhattan’s most stylish and influential women and captured their strength and charisma. The series was named Timeless Beauties and subsequent trips to China, Japan and other key destinations for Delvaux were organized. Since 2008, Lagrange has additionally developed his video work, including a film for the fashion brand Supertrash’s fragrance launch. In 2012, he also filmed Liesa Van der Aa’s clip for Louisa’s Bolero.

Marc Lagrange’s work has been honored with several exhibitions in Europe and the United States. In 2011, Maison Lagrange introduced more than 240 artworks to the public, many of them previously unseen. The retrospective lasted six months. The following year, his Extra Large Marc Lagrange show in Graz, Austria, spread over 3,000 square meters. Lagrange also participates in Art Miami on a regular basis, and several books have been published under his name, including Polarized by Ludion in 2009 and Marc Lagrange XXML by Lido in 2009. In 2013, Diamonds and Pearls was published by teNeues in 80 countries. The following year, in 2014, he published Hotel Maritime – Room #58, a private edition limited to 300 copies whose content was shown internationally. The atmosphere of Hotel Maritime – Room #58 echoes some of Edward Hopper’s most soulful and alluring paintings. More conceptual than his previous works, it underlines the descriptive quality of his art.

In 2015, a selection of Lagrange’s iconic works was featured at the TEFAF art fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Senza Parole, which partly took place in the Italian town of Pietrasanta, coupled with the Handelsbeurs project in Antwerp, Belgium and a Fellini inspired shoot at the baroque loft of Paolo Calia in Paris, these three series are part of this new book. Marc Lagrange kept looking for singular subjects and unexpected stories, placing humanity at the core of his approach.

In december of 2015, Marc Lagrange tragically died in an accident while on vacation in Tenerife. His legacy lives on through his timeless photographs of boundless sensuality and elegance.

BOOKS:
SENZA PAROLE (teNeues, 2015)
DIAMONDS & PEARLS (teNeues, 2013)
XXML (Lido 2011); POLARIZED (Ludion: 2009)
LUST (Tectum: 2008)
CHATEAU LAGRANGE (Fotomuseum Antwerpen: 2006).

Filled with longing and sensuality, Marc Lagrange’s photographs celebrate fantasies and desire—placing beauty and dreams at the center of his world. Lagrange was born in Kinshasa, Congo, in 1957. His career path led him from engineering to photography, and his reativity from fashion to art. Privileging analog over digital, the Antwerp-based Belgian artist searches for intimacy and emotion as opposed to artificial effects. His giant Polaroids—which have been exhibited worldwide—are a powerful example of his craft as well as his attention to detail: he can display the texture of skin, highlight natural curves and make his models stand out. Lagrange elaborates entire sets until he finds the exact mood he wishes to convey, with the end goal being to create the images he wants. From the color of the walls to the shape of a chair, every single detail counts, underlining Lagrange’s perfectionist streak and his willingness to unfold narratives.

Eventail été 2012

1/06/2012

Article on the exhibit of Liot and Lagrange in Knokke

De Morgen Magazine

22/01/2015

Cover and article This article in the Belgian Newspaper "De Morgen" was published on the occasion of Marc Lagrange's new series of work entitled "And God Created ... Women". The texts are in Dutch.

De Morgen Magazine

24/10/2010

Cover and article Cover and article of "De Morgen Magazine", on the occasion of the publication of the new book "Polarized". the texts are in Dutch.

Volkskrant: Vrouwelijk naakt, maar in elk geval niet standaard

18/06/2015

Artikel in De Volkskrant, Nederland Zie pdf-bestand

Elle: 20 jaar Marc Lagrange

2/11/2011

Interview met Marc Lagrange Er staat geen rem op de carrière van Fotograaf Marc Lagrane. Binnen- en buitenlandse kopers zijn weg van zijn sensuele tableaus. De maand opente een overzichtsexpo in een Antwerps herenhuis ... Lees meer: zie pdf-bestand

Diamonds & Pearls, Marc Lagrange op zijn decadentst

18/06/2015

De Standaard Website

Le Vif / L'express

2/10/2015

Marc Lagrange in DM Magazine

5/12/2015

Article in the "De Morgen Magazine" of December 5th 2015.

The text deals with the work of two photographers: Marc Lagrange and Frank De Mulder.

The text is in Dutch

Talkies Magazine

9/03/2018

Talkies Magazine, 2018 March- April

2017
'Chocolate Polaroids', Absolute Art Gallery, Brussels, BE
‘Chocolate Polaroids’, Leonhard's Gallery, Antwerp, BE

2016-2017
‘Timeless Beauty’, Gallo-Romeins museum Tongeren, BE

2015
Art Up, Lille Absolute Art Gallery, BE
‘Hotel Maritime Room 58’, Absolute Art Gallery Knokke, BE
Exposition au Domaine de Graux, Tournai, BE
Art Breda 2015, NL
Kunstrai, Amsterdam, NL
Art Silicon Valley, Amsterdam, NL
‘Senza Parole, Knokke Absolute Art Gallery
Tefaf, Maastricht, NL

2014
Art Up, Foire d'art contemporain, Lille, FR

2013
"Diamonds and Pearls", Absolute Art Gallery, Knokke, BE
Lille Art Fair, FR
Mia - Milan Art Fair, IT

2012
Fotofever Bruxelles, Tour & Taxis, BE
Absolute Art Gallery, Knokke, BE
Art Miami Art Fair, USA
Art Hamptons, New York, USA
KunstRai 2012, Amsterdam, NL
Halle 8, Graz, AT
Jaski Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

2011
Lineart Art Fair, Gent, Flanders Expo, BE
Maison Lagrange - XXML, Antwerpen, BE
Art Paris, Grand Palais, FR
Galerie Mark Peet Visser, 's Hertogenbosch, NL

2010
Lineart International Art Fair, Flanders Expo, Gent, BE
Galerie Christian Ouwens, Rotterdam, NL
Triumph Gallery, Moskou, Rusland
Galerie Mark Peet Visser, 's Hertogenbosch, NL

2009
"Villa Amori", Absolute Art Gallery, Knokke
Leonhard's Gallery, Antwerpen
"Eelizee - Lust - Iconen", Abdijmuseum Ter Duinen, Koksijde

2008
"Lust" Absolute Art Gallery, Knokke
Galerie LL. Amsterdam (NL)

2007
Houses of Art, Marbella, Spanje

2006
FotoMuseum, Antwerpen, BE

2004
Galerie Kunst & Co, Amstelveen (NL)
Expo ‘Le Boudoir‘, Antwerpen
Twin expo met Herman Brood - Art depot -Bonheiden

2003
Gallery ‘Art Company‘ Eindhoven (NL)

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