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David LaChapelle – Still Life – Paul Kasmin Gallery

David LaChapelle: Still Life

November 26 – January 19, 2013

293 Tenth Ave & 515 West 27th Street, New York

Opening Reception: Monday, November 26, 2012, 6 – 8pm

Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to present Still Life, an exhibition of new works by David LaChapelle, addressing the fleeting nature of humanity, fame, celebrity and power. On view at both Paul Kasmin Gallery locations in New York, this body of work began in 2009, when LaChapelle learned of the break-in and vandalism of the National Wax Museum in Dublin, Ireland, and was granted permission to photograph the destroyed figures. LaChapelle continued photographing figures at two additional wax museums – one in California and one in Nevada – to complete his vision of the collection. With subjects ranging from politicians such as Ronald Reagan, to celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Michael Jackson, to the artist’s depiction of The Last Supper including John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene, Still Life presents eerie compositions of dismembered icons. Still Life expands on the idea of his earlier exhibition, Earth Laughs in Flowers, an exhibition of still life works exploring contemporary vanity, vice, the transience of earthly possessions, and the fragility of humanity.

via David LaChapelle – Paul Kasmin Gallery.