Wednesday, November 28, 2012

David LaChapelles' "Still Life" Exhibition At Paul Kasmin Gallery: Beyond Brilliant - A Must See!

This past Monday night was one of the best possible Monday's ever.  David Lachapelle's brilliant show opened at Paul Kasmin Gallery and I even was able to meet him at shoot a photo or two of him with one of his newest genius, signature pieces.  I have been a huge Lachapelle fan since I discovered his larger than life, brilliant fashion photography many years ago.  Then to meet him? Best. Monday. Ever.
"Still Life" is LaChapelles' latest body of work addressing  the fleeting nature of fame, celebrity, humanity and power.  On view at both Paul Kasmin Gallery locations here in New York, this arrangement of work began in 2009, when the artist learned of the break-in and vandalism of the National Wax Museum in Dublin, Ireland and was granted permission to photograph the destroyed figures.  He continued photographing figures at two additional wax museums out west to complete his vision of the collection. Additional subjects range from politicians to celebrities; Ronald Regan to Leo DiCaprio and as you'll see below "The Last Supper." 
David LaChapelle (in blue)
Limited edition on this below
The artist with one of his favorites.
A few images below from the location on 27th St.; the artists depiction of the "The Last Supper"
 And, the amazing print (below), that is sold at the Paul Kasmin Gallery store, on 27th also, for $200.  This was in the gallery and is at least 10'x30', of course the print is much smaller. It looks like this....
I believe this was also shot in 2009 and is a medley of destroyed "very" famous pieces of "very" popular art, you can see Koons, Sprouse, Hirst and so much more if you look close...
Back at the main gallery, this was at 5:30 p.m., before anyone arrived, luckily, so you can see the scope of these pieces.  By 6:01p.m. it was massively packed and the only thing I would have been photographing is the back of peoples heads. 

You need to see this incredible show in its entirety, both gallery's, (and the poster in the store), which runs through January 19, 2013 -  293 Tenth Ave (at 27th) & 515 W27th