David LaChapelle - Photographs London Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    LaChapelle Studio, New York

  • Exhibited

    Milan, Palazzo Reale, David LaChapelle, September 2007–January 2008
    Tel Aviv Museum of Art, David LaChapelle: Postmodern Pop Photography, 23 July–20 November 2010
    Bratislava, Galeria Mesta, Lost and Found, 14 September–31 October 2011
    San Juan, Museo Arte Contemporaneo de Puerto Rico, Nosotros La Humanidad Al Borde, 23 October 2011–25 March 2012
    Seoul, Hangaram Design Museum, November 2011– March 2012
    Prague, Galerie Rudolfinum, Thus Spoke LaChapelle, 7 December 2011–26 February 2012
    (each another example exhibited)

  • Literature

    David LaChapelle, Florence: Giunti, 2007, pl. 1, pp. 122–123

  • Catalogue Essay

    “For me, Deluge is about the craziness of being faced with danger, with imminent death, when every material thing is taken away. You have to find some sort of enlightenment when everything you value suddenly becomes worthless. Michelangelo’s Deluge in the Sistine Chapel shows humanity at its best, people helping each other.”
    (David LaChapelle, interview by Mary Barone, Artnet Magazine)

    Inspired by his experience of living through three months of rain in Maui, David LaChapelle’s Deluge series ended his hiatus from photography and, as the first work that he had produced for a gallery in over twenty years, marks a pivotal moment in his career. Mirroring the sense of renewal and rebirth that came at this time in his life, this particular work from the series is a contemporary take on the biblical story of the flood, illustrating the consequences of modern society’s desires and decadence. Throughout his career, LaChapelle has explored such themes of excess – the glamour, the sex, the endless quest for perfection that embodies pop culture. Here, he depicts a society grasping for survival amidst the detritus of consumerism: a modern day allegory executed through the high-octane, elaborate sets and glorious too-muchness for which he is renowned.



Three digital colour coupler prints, each Diasec mounted.
Each 180 × 234.5 cm (70 7/8 × 92 3/8 in); overall 180 × 703.5 cm (70 7/8 × 276 in)
Signed in ink, printed title, date and number on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount of print (iii). One from an edition of 5 plus 2 artist's proofs.

£50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for £61,250


17 May 2012