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David LaChapelle “American Jesus” Exhibition

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American Jesus, shown for the first time in New York, is part of a series which began over a decade ago including three large-scale photographs depicting Michael Jackson as a modern day martyr. Of all of the subjects David LaChapelle has portrayed, Jackson unquestionably lived one of the most epic and dramatic lives of our time. Such sentiment is shown with biblical connotations and is hauntingly represented in these images. In addition, LaChapelle presents Thy Kingdom Come, a look at the results of greed and corruption amongst religious establishment. Also making its New York debut is The Rape Of Africa, a monumental artwork inspired by Sandro Botticelli’s Venus & Mars of 1484. The well-known allegorical work depicts the poised and beautiful Venus, goddess of love, having tamed and diffused Mars, the vengeful god of war, who soundly sleeps, while small cherub figures play with Mars’ instruments of warfare. Here LaChapelle subverts the meaning of the original work by proposing a black Venus, striking in her beauty, yet completely powerless to both her treatment as property, and to the destruction of her land through mining and war depicted in the background. The Mars in this image is not sleeping as much as satiated by his own victories, sitting on top of his plunder gained by conquests. LaChapelle’s contemporary allegory is densely layered with poignant and symbolic imagery, as seen in the jarring combination of young children with deadly weapons, or the gilded human bone resting under the finger of Mars. Alongside the photograph will be studies for the work, illuminating LaChapelle’s studies in the traditional medium of drawing and watercolor.

LaChapelle draws on an immense lexicon of art historical references, current events, and popular culture, to make visually compelling images each unique in their narrative and evocative content.

Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 Tenth Ave, NYC, 212-563-4474, Mon-Friday, 10am-5pm, July 13-September 18

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