"Folon" by Jean Michel Folon

Folon The Sculpture Jean Michel Folon, Renzo Piano, Stéphanie Angelroth, Marilena Pasquali, Allison Michel, Marie Resseler, Romain Barelier, Isabelle Douillet-de Pange

Publication date:
12 Jan 2021
208 pages: 300 x 241mm
200 color + b-w illus.


The first half of Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon’s (1934–2005) career was devoted to posters, illustrations, and television animations that brought him international acclaim for their diversity and virtuosity; his illustrations appeared in magazines including The New Yorker, Fortune, and Esquire. In the 1990s, he pivoted to sculpture, focusing on statuary and working with both direct carving and modeling, which he then translated to bronze or stone. This is the first publication to explore the entirety of Folon’s sculptural work. Drawing inspiration from the Cyclades, the Etruscans, from African masks and Indian totems, Folon’s sculptures are characterized by their frontality and corporality. The book’s introduction is a previously unpublished essay by the artist, and other texts include a forward by Renzo Piano and essays by experts on the work of Folon.

Stéphanie Angelroth is Director of the Folon Foundation and the author of several books on Jean-Michel Folon. He has curated numerous exhibitions on the artist. Marilena Pasquali is Director of the Morandi Museum in Bologna. Allison Michel is lecturer in the art history department at La Cambre. Isabelle Douillet – de Pange is an art historian (UCLouvain) and author of numerous books on Brussels. 

Thierry Renauld the author of Meditations at Orval, Another Look (ed. Racine, 2012) and has photographed Jean-Michel Folon’s major sculpture exhibitions since 1995. Marie Resseler is an art historian (UCLouvain).