Madison Cox is a successful woman who has made her mark on the world. In addition to her business acumen, Cox has extensive experience working with people from diverse backgrounds. She is currently the vice president of the nonprofit Foundation Pierre Berge-Yves Saint Laurent, overseeing its six-acre Majorelle compound. Berge still lives on the property, and Cox directs 75 employees in addition to overseeing a gift shop, bookshop, and cafe. She also serves on the board of the American School in Marrakech, Morocco. She started a program in Mumbai to teach children how to garden, and she has worked with children in Africa.
The Lalanne brothers and the fashion designer and model Madison Cox have teamed up to create a new art installation. The Lalanne Labyrinth, which opens today at the Paul Kasmin Gallery, is a labyrinth-like landscape influenced by the Lalannes’ studio in Paris.
The Lalannes, who lived and worked in Paris, were inspired by ancient Egypt and the sculptor Constantin Brancusi. Both sourced their imagery from the natural world, but spoke a distinctive artistic language. In particular, Francois-Xavier Lalanne (19281908), drew stylized animals. Inspired by the work of Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi, Francois-Xavier Lallane influenced his work with elements of baroque sculpture. Madison Cox added to the baroque spirit with objects that reflected her whimsical aesthetic.
Madison Cox has designed gardens for celebrities including Michael Bloomberg and Anne Bass. She has also worked on gardens for hotels in New York and Miami. She also created the experimental gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show. Her work has garnered her international fame, and she is nicknamed the “gardener of billionaires.”
Madison Cox is a long-time friend of the Lalannes. Madison Cox has always admired Claude’s organic matter artistry. Her husband Claude is renowned for his large, oversized sculptures of beasts, and continues to produce intricate jewelry incorporating fossilized flora and fauna. For this exhibition at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, Cox imagined a surreal garden as a gallery setting.
Les Lalanne by Claude Lalanne
Inspired by the work of Claude Lalanne, Madison Cox has created a garden maze. The work is a collaboration between the artist and designer. Les Lalanne is an artist who envisioned nature in an almost surreal way. His work is incredibly influential and is included in major museum collections.
The artist duo have been friends for many years and Cox has always been a fan of Claude’s work. Originally, the artist is known for his large-scale sculptures of beasts and other animals. However, he is also known for his intricate jewelry designs made out of fossilized flora and fauna. Cox’s goal was to create a new space that would feature the artist’s work in a way that would make it accessible to a wide range of art-lovers.
The exhibition features 60 works by the French artist. Claude Lalanne met Francois Xavier Lalanne during a gallery show in the 1950s and they began collaborating. Some of their early works were commissioned by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge.
Madison Cox has become friends with the Lalannes and has taken their work to a new level with this exhibition. The Lalanne brothers are renowned for their unique sculptures. They have been featured in many important exhibitions and have even received full retrospectives at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. Their work can also be found in the Yves Saint Laurent collection, which has become an important part of the fashion world.
Les Lalanne by Jacques Majorelle
Madison Cox and Les Lalanne are longtime friends. They have worked together to create a new installation, The Lalanne Labyrinth, which opens today at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea. Though it takes inspiration from the famous Lalannes’ Parisian abode, the installation is not a direct copy.
Madison Cox was born in San Francisco and moved to Paris in 1978 to study landscaping. While there, she met Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge. She also became an expert in botany. Her work has been celebrated all over the world. She is now Vice President of two foundations.
Cox has boyish, preppy looks and a sunny, welcoming manner. She chose 5 Avenue Marceau to conduct the interview. The Salle de Reunion is elegantly stark and boasts an Irving Penn portrait of Saint Laurent. Cox is neither arrogant nor defensive, yet she holds her own against a notorious bully.
Pierre Berge, whose name was given to him by the New York Times, was a very ambitious collector. While he was fond of Yves Saint Laurent, he lacked the taste of the former. He also did not have a formal education in art and was self-taught.
In addition to selling Madison Cox’s collections, she also sold some of her residences. She also filed a lawsuit to protect Majorelle’s rights to his works. During this time, Madison Cox was a couturier and art collector.