David LaChapelle’s solo exhibition ‘American Jesus’ at Paul Kasmin Gallery, and his most recent solo show in New York since 2008, will be on view through September 18, 2010.
LaChapelle draws on an immense lexicon of art historical references, current events, and popular culture, to make visually compelling images each unique in their narrative and evocative content.
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 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.