Jaume Plensa
Slumberland XVI (Lou), 2014
Graphite on paper
56.25 x 44.5 inches (142.9 x 113 cm)

Slumberland (Lou) belongs to Plensa’s Slumberland series, where the artist employs a soft, subtle touch to render, in graphite, young girls with their eyes closed, drifting in a dream-like state. As Claire Lilley writes, they are slightly anamorphic, as if seen from the corner of your eye, so their unseeing eyes play on the viewer. Evoking a moment of stillness and inner-tranquility, dreaming is a recurring theme throughout Plensa’s body of work. The work was most recently exhibited in Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN, 2018 – 2019; Jepson Center for the Arts, Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA, 2019.

© Jaume Plensa
Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., New York


Jaume Plensa is universally known for his monumental sculptures that reveal a philosophical and spiritual expression of the human body. Alongside a decades-long sculpture practice, Plensa has an equally long relationship to drawing, creating intimate works that portray a private search for expression. Literature, psychology, biology, language, and history have been key guiding elements throughout his career. Using a wide range of materials including steel, cast iron, resin, paraffin wax, graphite, glass, light, water, and sound, Plensa lends physical weight and volume to components of the human condition and the ephemeral.

Plensa’s celebrated works can be seen at Bonaventure Gateway, Montreal, Canada; Millennium Park, Illinois; Olympic Sculpture Park, Washington; Burj Khalifa, United Arab Emirates; BBC Broadcasting Tower and St. Helens, England; Pearson International Airport, Canada; Daikanyama, Toranomon Hills, and Ogijima Japan; Shanghai IFC Mall, China; Albright Knox Art Gallery, New York; Rice University, Texas; Bastion Saint-Jaume, France; Raoul Wallenberg Square, Sweden; Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida; among many other sites worldwide. The artist has presented solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions around the globe including the Musée d’art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole, Saint-Étienne, France; Institut Valencia d’Art Moderne, Spain; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Texas; Musée Picasso, France; Yorkshire Sculpture Park, England; and the Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland. Jaume Plensa: Together was presented at the Basilica San Giorgio Maggiore in Italy as a collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale.

The artist was born in Barcelona, Spain in 1955, where he currently lives and works.