Number 345, 2022
Wood, plaster, and paint
50 3/4 x 51 x 12 in (128.9 x 129.5 x 30.5 cm)
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 24 inches (61 x 61 cm)
Framed 26.5 x 26.5 x 1.75 inches (67.31 x 67.31 x 4.44 cm)
Samuel Levi Jones
Signed, titled, and dated on reverse
Deconstructed print portfolios on canvas
60 x 50 in (152.4 x 127 cm)
Framed: 61.5 x 51.5 x 3.5 in ( 156.21 x 130.81 x 8.89 cm)
Flower Person, Flower Body, 1975 / 2020
16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Framed: 22 1/2 x 28 3/4 x 1 1/4 in (57.1 x 73 x 3.2 cm)
Edition of 10 with 3 AP
CRISTINA'S WORLD, 2021
80 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 32 5/8 in (204 x 49 x 83 cm)
Edition of 5
Concepto II, 2019
Each: 23 3/4 x 16 1/4 x 12 1/2 in (60.5 x 41.3 x 31.8 cm)
Each: 80 lbs.
Edition of 5 with 2 AP
Handprinted collage on paper
21 x 72.25 inches (53.3 x 183.5 cm)
Framed: 24.25 x 75.5 x 1.5 inches (61.6 x 191.8 x 3.8 cm)
Victims in Individual Bomb Shelters / Gunships, 1967
Ink and gouache on paper
24 x 35.8 inches (61 x 91 cm)
Wood Picture, c. 1967
Signed lower left
Found wood and nails
20.5 x 15.75 x 2.75 inches (52.1 x 40 x 7 cm)
The Unity of Life, 2022
Ink on canvas
200 x 200 cm
Quintres (El Regreso), 2022
Vinyl, dispersion and dry pigment on canvas
78 x 44 1/8 in (198 x 112 cm)
Art Unlimited VIP Preview on June 13, 2022, 3:00pm–8:00pm
Art Basel Private and Vernissage Days on June 14-15, 2022 11:00am–8:00pm
For Art Basel 2022, Galerie Lelong & Co., New York and Paris are pleased to present works by Pierre Alechinsky, Leonardo Drew, Jean Dubuffet, Günther Förg, Ficre Ghebreyesus, Samuel Levi Jones, Konrad Klapheck, Ana Mendieta, Jaume Plensa, Arnulf Rainer, Zilia Sánchez, Nancy Spero, Antoni Tàpies, Mildred Thompson, Barthélémy Toguo, Juan Úsle and Wang Yan Cheng.
Curated by Giovanni Carmine, Art Basel: Unlimited—the sector for monumental projects—will feature installations by Leonardo Drew and Barthélémy Toguo.
Leonardo Drew will create a new site-specific installation, Number 341 (2022), marking the artist’s first presentation of a monumental work in Switzerland. The curator Giovanni Carmine has described Drew’s work as “one of the most ambitious projects at this year's edition of Unlimited.” Since the 1990s, the abstractionist has been making assemblage-based installations and sculptures in his distinctive abstract language that speaks of life’s cyclical nature. Number 341 (2022) marks a new turning point for the artist as Drew extends the wall installation onto the floor plane for the first time, amplifying its dynamic composition and structure. Recent works by the artist Number 339 (2022) and Number 345 (2022) will be displayed at our booth, demonstrating the artist’s recent exploration of “painting with fire.” Drew continues to expand his visual lexicon, exploring the gradation revealed in wood through oxidization.
Works from Barthélémy Toguo’s Bilongue series will be presented for Unlimited, comprising 45 zingana wood bas-relief portraits. Bilongue is a neighborhood in the suburbs of Douala, Cameroon that Toguo stayed in 2015 while preparing his work for the 56th Venice Biennale, curated by Okwui Enwezor. Inspired by the residents, Toguo has created a Hall of Fame in their honor, a portrait gallery that pays homage to the African custom of creating wooden sculptures to commemorate kings and warriors.
Highlights from our booth include a public debut of paintings by the late artist Ficre Ghebreyesus, marking the artist’s first presentation in Basel, Switzerland. Ghebreyesus worked seamlessly between abstraction and figuration, populating his works with intricate, highly personal experiences as a citizen of the world. While the artist turned down most opportunities to show during his short lifetime, recent solo institutional exhibitions of his work have been held at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, California and at Artspace, New Haven, Connecticut. The gallery began representing the Estate in 2019 and held the solo exhibition Ficre Ghebreyesus: Gate to the Blue in 2020. Five paintings by the artist are currently on view in the 59th Venice Biennale, The Milk of Dreams.
Also featured are works by Zilia Sánchez and Nancy Spero. Sánchez’s sculptural practice will be presented in Basel for the first time, highlighting the artist’s evolving interest in completely free-standing work. A recently realized sculpture in bronze, Concepto II (2019), is comprised of two freestanding parts to form a symbiotic pair. The sculpture shares visual characteristics with Sánchez’s historic paintings, demonstrating how she has repeatedly explored a set of core motifs across her lifetime. The artist’s first full retrospective, Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla, closed in 2020 at El Museo del Barrio after touring through the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC and the Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico.
A large handprinted collage on paper Marlene (2002) by Nancy Spero sees the image of the pioneering actress Marlene Dietrich repeated in various colors; a chorus of the woman who dared to defy societal and gender norms. A dedicated presentation of works by the artist and her husband, the late Leon Golub, are currently on view at the Tate Modern. Spero's scroll-like work Notes in Time (1979), part of the Museum of Modern Art's collection, is also currently on view in the Collection Gallery. Watch a recent video featuring Leah Dickerman, director of MoMA’s research programs, as she takes a close look at Spero’s scroll-like alternate history presented, and wonders how we “understand the mythological structures that support inequity in our culture.”