In his latest exhibition at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, legendary photographer and artist, David LaChapelle enthralls with great controversy, “American Jesus”. The photographs depict the great Michael Jackson as a modern day martyr, in a tribute for the late legend’s epic life. The result of the notorious exhibition exams the state of the Catholic Church in today’s pop culture.
Iconic supermodel, Naomi Campbell also makes an appearance in LaChapelle’s “The Rape of Africa”, which was inspired by Botticeli’s “Venus and Mars” and “The Rape of Europa”. “Botticeli was inspired (to use as a model) in his painting a woman he was in love with, and for me I went from there to Naomi Campbell to represent Africa.” Said LaChapelle.
Click here to read the full interview with David LaChapelle and WWD (highly recommended to further understand the artworks).
The exhibition takes place at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York thru September 18th, 2010.