“David LaChapelle”

David LaChapelle: Love after the Flood

If you’re a fan of James Bidgood’s kitsch-erotic imagery, then you’ll love David LaChapelle’s trash-pop. With a dominant streak of fetishism and obsessive neurosis, After the Deluge is a dive head-first into a universe saturated with colour. After the deluge runs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Mons, until 25 February.   Those discovering David LaChapelle for the first time should be aware that some scenes may offend the sensibilities of the uninitiated. With hermaphrodite angels, naked girls straddling giant mushrooms, forewarned is forearmed! Encompassing porn-chic and transgressive visions, if transgender beauties make you squirm and masturbatory fictions provoke a nervous sweat, it might be best to give this particular exhibition a miss. Conversely, maybe it’s the perfect opportunity to explore the buried impulses, neurotic obsessions and wild thoughts that lie in the uncharted waters beyond your comfort zone – if so, the new hang at the Museum of the Fine Arts in Mons devoted to the (very) subversive David LaChapelle, might please you after all… One of the many urban myths in circulation about David LaChapelle, is the rumour that his first picture was of his mother Helga, in a bikini, Martini glass in hand, on a Puerto Rican terrace. If this particular urban myth is to be believed, it would sum up the work the photographer and film director born in Fairfield, Connecticut (1963) well; LaChapelle is the angry child of fashion and advertising. Moving to New York before the age of 20, a job at Studio 54, centre of the New York underground scene, and then – crucially – a meeting with the Pope of Pop art, Andy Warhol, with whom he would go on to collaborate for Interview magazine. David LaChapelle has become the Basquiat of the C-print. A post-modern Jérôme Bosch Despite all this,...

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David LaChapelle at Robilant+Voena

From 16 May to 18 June, London gallery Robilant+Voena presents an exhibition entitled “David LaChapelle LAND SCAPE”, dedicated to the American photographer. The exhibition comprises eight of the artists’s photographs, from a series which took him almost a year to produce. These colourful, saturated images reveal oil refinery landscapes through technicolour — characteristic of the artist’s work — and were shot in his studio in Los Angeles or in the Californian desert. Each scene is in fact a handcrafted montage, created from daily objects, such as telephones, cans, straws, etc. David LaChapelle infuses his seemingly real landscapes — each a witness to civilisation’s dependency on oil — with an apocalyptic notion of falsity; these refineries, constructed out of objects which they themselves produce, reflect a world which has reached a certain limit, which is a “collective portrait of ourselves, and of the world we have built to serve our desires”, writes critic Shana Nys Dambrot in the exhibition catalogue....

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David LaChapelle’s refined style at Paul Kasmin Gallery

New York, 20 January 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). David LaChapelle is presenting two new series of photographs in an exhibition at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, entitled “LAND SCAPE“, until 1 March 2014. The series, Refineries and Gas Station, explore the function of fossil fuels in contemporary society. Shot in LaChapelle’s colourful, over-the-top style –  ordinarily reserved for the worlds of fashion and celebrity – the images offer a subtle commentary on humanity’s dependency on,  and downfall by, oil. The scenes were handcrafted, with models of oil refineries and petrol stations constructed from hair curlers, egg cartons, tins of soup and other “other by-products of our petroleum-based disposability-obsessed culture”, according to the show’s curator, Shana Nys Dambrot. The Refineries series was taken in the California desert and took three years to create, whilst Gas Station was shot in the rainforest of Maui, where LaChapelle currently lives and...

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David LaChapelle exhibition at Daniel Templon Gallery

Paris, 3 June 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Daniel Templon Gallery, Paris, has announced that it is to host an exhibition of works by American photographer David LaChapelle between 6 June and 27 July 2013. To mark the event LaChapelle is to present two series of works, Last Supper and Still Life, in France for the first time. Renowned for photographs depicting celebrities and the fashion world, the exhibition at Daniel Templon sees LaChapelle work in a noticeably different register, engaging with ideas of art history and the American Dream. After having witnessed the aftermath of acts of vandalism at The National Wax Museum in Dublin, Lachapelle, the celebrity-chaser obsessed with the notion of notoriety, began to take photographs of broken look-a-likes on location, pursuing his interest in two other wax museums in California and...

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David LaChapelle sues gallery owner Fred Torres

New York, 11 January 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). The New York Post reports that internationally renowned photographer David LaChapelle is suing gallery owner Fred Torres, based in Chelsea. David LaChapelle, famous for his unique photographic portraits of celebrities, from Madonna and Elizabeth Taylor to Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami, charges his former representative with owing him over $2.8m from the sale of his works. His photographs often exceed $100,000 on the art market. LaChapelle was supposed to obtain between 40% and 75% within 30 days after the actual and complete purchase. The artist declared Torres owed him $775,000 from a personal loan, and is in possession of 800 of his works, stored in Italy, Hong Kong, Korea and other places. LaChapelle began working with Torres in the end of 2005. The gallery owner organised exhibitions, advised LaChapelle on his career, managed his relations with clients, galleries and museums, and supervised the production of digital photographs. The relationship between them embittered when Fred Torres began to ask clients to pay the works’ production costs, which himself was supposed to...

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