David LaChapelle knows his way around a plastic face. While the photographer has been transitioning from fashion to fine art of late, he still finds himself shooting the once-relevant, almost-famous, forever-iconic—and all combinations thereof.
In Still Life, an exhibition of new works at both Paul Kasmin locations in New York, LaChapelle has photographed the assembled broken body parts from a break-in of a wax museum in Dublin, as well as other wax museums in California and Nevada. The resulting waxy build-up of the likes of Ronald Reagan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Michael Jackson addresses notions of humanity, fame, celebrity and power.
Still Life, November 26 – January 19, 293 Tenth Ave & 515 W. 27th St