May 30, 2019 | By Louise Squire
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Fashion and celebrity photographer David LaChapelle debuts for the first time in Paris a rather controversial two part series: Still Life and the Last Supper. More popularly known for his bright-colored photographs and flamboyant celeb portraits, his most recent works reflect a deeper, melancholic aesthetic.
The vandalism at the Dublin Wax Museum in 2007 sparked LaChapelle’s interest, immediately traveling to the museum thereafter to record the broken lookalikes and later investigate other wax museums. This exhibition sheds light to the dark side of pop culture, reflecting on the fragility of fame through photographs of distorted wax celebrities spanning Leonardo DiCaprio and Madonna through to Michael Jackson and Princess Diana. The second part of the “politically incorrect” series reinterprets Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper through photographs of figureless heads and detached hands positioned accordingly inside cardboard boxes to reference the original masterpiece. So if you’re in Paris through July, be sure to stop by the Galerie Templon for LaChapelle’s humane take on the prominent faces in society.
–Sarah Ryan Hecht
David LaChapelle: STILL LIFE
On view through July 26th at the Galerie Daniel Templon
30 rue Beaubourg 75003
Photos courtesy of LaChapelle Studio
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