December 7, 2018 By TheNewYorkNews
In this “Positive Magazine” video, published on april 18, 2017, a talk with David la Chapelle in Venice at “Casa Tre Oci” for his last exhibition “ Lost + Found ”. Interview by Giacomo Cosua / Positive Magazine
David la Chapelle: an interview about his latest exhibition: “ Lost + Found ”.
By Positive Magazine
A large solo show that presents more than 100 images, from the 1990s until today, following the career of one of the most important and irreverent contemporary photographers. For the first time in the world there will be exhibited the New World and Paradise series: 11 works that mark the artist’s return to the human figure and that are centred on such ideas as paradise and the representations of joy, nature, and the soul.
The Positive Magazine correspondent Giacomo Cousa has been in Venice for the latest exhibition of the American photographer David la Chapelle.
“ Lost + Found ”, is the title of the exhibition which has taken place at “Casa dei Tre Oci” in Venice in 2017.
Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice, hosted in 2017 the surreal, baroque, and pop universe of David LaChapelle, one of the most important and irreverent contemporary photographers.
The exhibition, curated by Reiner Opoku and Denis Curti, and organised by the Fondazione di Venezia and Civita Tre Venezie, will be presenting more than 100 images that follow the career of this American artist, from his early projects in black and white from the 1990s to the more recent works in colour, works which have largely become iconic and which have guaranteed him international recognition by both critics and the public.
The exhibition, the first solo show by LaChapelle to be held in Venice, proposes a great novelty: the world premiere of New World, a new series made over the past four years. It consists of 11 photographs that mark the artist’s return to the human figure and that are centred on such ideas as paradise and the representations of joy, nature, and the soul.
David LaChapelle (born March 11, 1963) is an American commercial photographer, fine-art photographer, music video director, and film director.
He is best known for his photography, which often references art history and sometimes conveys social messages. His photographic style has been described as “hyper-real and slyly subversive” and as “kitsch pop surrealism”.
Once called the Fellini of photography, LaChapelle has worked for international publications and has had his work exhibited in commercial galleries and institutions around the world.
The “ Lost + Found ” exhibition layout starts from the 1990s, when Andy Warhol offered him his first professional photographic assignment for Interview magazine. It was in this period that LaChapelle pondered on the communicative and promotional possibilities of the press, possibilities closely linked to Pop Art.
His photos denounce contemporary obsessions, the relationship with pleasure, affluence, the superfluous, and the unbounded need to make an impression. And he wraps everything in electric colours and lacquered surfaces, all characterised by the recurrent presence of a brazen and aggressive nudity.
Source: Casa Tre Oci, artivenezia.com, hotelbelsitovenezia.it, treoci.org,
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