18 April – 18 June 2019 | Galleria Mucciaccia, Rome
On view thirty-four artworks to retrace the entire artistic production of the great American artist, displayed from his most recent pictures through to the 1980s, when he abandons working for high Fashion magazines and other publications to pursue his interest in contemporary art.
Hawaiian atmospheres, unexpected landscapes, mythological figures and dreamy suggestions, are the settings recreated in David LaChapelle’s pictures. A journey starting from his most recent series New World, Lost and Found and Behold, which are evocative photographs taken in 2017 in the pristine Hawaiian rainforest, dense with mysticism and spirituality, to his early pictures realised in Los Angeles. The exhibition includes his two big panels from the seriesAristocracy (2014), the monumental Showtime at the Apocalypse (2013), the Kardashian family’s famous Christmas picture, Landscape, the floral Earth Laughs in Flowers, and Rape of Africa (2009), a provocative work against the violence suffered by the African continent, which takes the title of the homonymous project presented in 2008, with Naomi Campbell as the African Venus.
The year 2007 can be defined as a turning point in the artistic production of LaChapelle: influenced by his visit to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, LaChapelle produces the series The deluge and After the deluge. The reference to Michelangelo’s masterpiece is mixed with that of consumer society brands, generating an apocalyptic vision with a finale in which objects, works of art and people appear submerged by water, such as in Cathedral, Statue and Awakened.
The exhibition ends with a series of photographs realised between 1984 and 2009, depicting personalities from the entertainment world and Hollywood stars, including the three portraits of Michael Jackson, which celebrate his media beatification; the Hollywood portrait of Faye Dunaway in Day of the Locust (1996); Dynamic Nude and the only black and white photograph taken in New York Good News for Modern Man, of 1984.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a complete illustrated exhibition catalogue, published by Carlo Cambi Editore.
David LaChapelle is today one of the most recognised and appreciated artists in the world. Born in Fairfield in 1963, his post-Pop and in some ways surrealist style makes him unique in the world. David LaChapelle is part of numerous important public and private collections worldwide. He has exhibited in various museums, including the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Tel Aviv, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles, The National Portrait Gallery in London, the Fotographfiska Museet in Stockholm and The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. David LaChapelle lives and works between Los Angeles and the Hawaiian island of Maui.