The Rape of Africa

About David LaChapelle

Discovered by Andy Warhol at the age of 17, David LaChapelle began working for Interview Magazine at the threshold of his prolific career. Soon to be known for his hyper-real, distinctly saturated depictions of celebrity culture—Paris Hilton, Muhammad Ali, Britney Spears, Madonna, and Tupac Shakur figuring among his subjects—LaChapelle’s earliest work explored themes of mortality and transcendence through fine art, black-and-white photography. After tremendous success in commercial photography, music videos, and filmmaking, LaChapelle has returned to the gallery settings where he first began. His work today explores the metaphysical themes of his earliest work, referencing art history and religious iconography to make profound commentaries on the contemporary world. “I reintroduce my personal ideas of transfiguration, regaining paradise, and the notion of life after death,” says the artist, who now calls a remote farm in a Hawaiian jungle his home.

American, b. 1963, Fairfield, Connecticut

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Botticelli Reimagined, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London
2015
PIPE DREAM, Galerie Andrea Caratsch
2015
The Botticelli Renaissance, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Berlin
2014
David LaChapelle: LAND SCAPE, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2014
David LaChapelle: LAND SCAPE, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Summer Salon II, The Front Gallery, Edmonton
2016
Rhythm, Imitate Modern, London
2016
Botticelli Reimagined, Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London
2015
PIPE DREAM, Galerie Andrea Caratsch
2015
The Botticelli Renaissance, Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, Berlin
2015
Raw Footage, Opera Gallery, London
2013
It's An American Thing, Staley-Wise Gallery
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