Past Exhibition

David LaChapelle – Recollections in America – Cologne

26 April - 2 June 2018

In   Recollections   in   America,  photographer  David   LaChapelle  utilizes  a  unique  production  process  in   which  he  builds  “neo-­collages”  from  acquired   photographs  taken  during intimate  family  gatherings  in   America  during  the  1970-­1980’s.  By  introducing   additional  objects  and  people,  which  otherwise  have   nothing  to  do  with  the  original  images,  the  artist   creates  dystopian  retrogrades.

Preventing  the  viewer  from  discerning  the  original   snapshots  from  the  re-­imagined,  the  nuanced  manipulations  (flags,  firearms,  slogans  and  other   signs  of  American  power)  act  to heighten  the  symbolism,  and  inherent  contradiction  of  the   American  “Dream”  already  present  in  the  source  period  photographs.

A  selection  of  works  from  Recollections  in  America  will  be  presented  by  Galerie  Bene  Taschen   at  the  international  art  fair  Art  Cologne  (stand  #A-­006).

David  LaChapelle  (b.  1963)  attended  high  school  at  North  Carolina  School  of  the  Arts  before   moving  to  New  York  in  the  mid  1980’s.  He  began  showing  in  East  Village  galleries  and soon   after  was  offered  a  job  by  Andy  Warhol  to  work  at  Interview  magazine.    With  his  unique   approach  to  image  making  and  groundbreaking  vision,  the  photographer  expanded the  genre   of  photography  through  his  widely  recognizable  staged  pictures.  By  1991,  The  New  York  Times   predicted  “LaChapelle  is  certain  to  influence  the  work  of  a  new generation…in  the  same  way   that  Mr.  Avedon  pioneered  so  much  of  what  is  familiar  today.”  Over  the  past  thirty  years,   LaChapelle’s  prolific  body  of  work  has  established  the photographer  as  a  fixture  in   contemporary  art.  His  portrait,  stage  and  film  works  have  become  iconic  archetypes  of  America   in  the  21st  Century.

Selected  Public  Collections:
Bayerische  Staatsoper  Portrait  Gallery,  Munich;;  Brandhorst   Foundation,  Munich;;  Daimler  Art  Collection,  Stuttgart;;  La  Monnaie  de  Paris;;  National Portrait   Gallery,  London;;
LACMA   -­   Los  Angeles  County  Museum,  Los  Angeles;;  Museum  of   Contemporary  Art,  Taipei,  Groninger  Museum,  Groningen;;  Tel  Aviv  Museum  of  Art, Tel  Aviv.

 
 
 
 
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