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David LaChapelle : Retrospective
David LaChapelle
Retrospective
Gianni Mercurio + Fred Torres, February 9, 2009
David Lachapelle/Amanda as Andy Warhols Marilyn_2002
David Lachapelle/Amanda as Andy Warhols Marilyn_2002
 
This exhibition is the most comprehensive dedicated to the famous American photographer. Nearly 250 works are exhibited, including the first public presentation of LaChapelle’s newest series of works. Inspired by Michelangelo’s famous depiction of the flood on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the cornerstone of the series is The Deluge; LaChapelle’s contemporary interpretation of the Michelangelo’s masterpiece of the same name. The premiere of the new series also includes 13 “Awakened” images and Museum, Statue and Cathedral. The body of the exhibition will include his most iconic works including world famous celebrity portraits and images from his work from the pages of renowned international publications. These works confirm a deep and strong emotional involvement of the artist regarding topics which always lead men to meditation: fear, death, the meaning of the existence itself, the presence of the divine and the idea of the sublime. With the ideas as his driving force, revisiting style and contents, he has become one of the most important interpreters of all time, and he creates images with an extraordinary evocative strength. The exhibition, arising from a deep critical study of LaChapelle’s art, presents thirteen sections, which allow an in-depth comprehension of the artist’s life and work.

David Lachapelle/Madonna_Time Lapse Photograph_Spiritual_Value,1998
David Lachapelle/Madonna_Time Lapse Photograph_Spiritual_Value,1998
 
This kind of retrospective-exhibition is divided into parts about different themes. The most of his work is composed by provocative photos about our consumer society and our fixations with material things and the decline of traditional values. Into the exhibition you can find also music videos he has realized for famous performers as well as Gwen Stefani, Elthon John, Moby, Jennifer Lopez and commercial video (H&M). I like this artist because he has a similar vision of society of mine and he reproduces it very well into his works. He has everything to be considered an artist like Dalì. (Dalì, one of my favourite artist. In 2004 in Palazzo Grassi Venice, I saw a retrospective who celebrates the centenary of his birth. Masterpiece!)


David Lachapelle/Cathedral_2007
David Lachapelle/Cathedral_2007
 
David Lachapelle/When the World Is Through_2005
David Lachapelle/When the World Is Through_2005
 
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