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Make Believe Catalog Fotografiska



Published at the occasion of the exhibition


at Fotografiska September 9 – January 8, 2023


Publication: Fotografiska

Publication date: 2022

Credits: David LaChapelle

Format: 11" x 9"

Features: 200 pages, 150+ color illustrations

Language: English

ISBN: 9789071848308

make BELIEVE is a major new exhibition from David LaChapelle—the artist’s largest-ever U.S. exhibition; first New York museum solo show; and most comprehensive exhibition to date—featuring more than 150 works created between 1984 and 2022. Starting in 1980s-NYC with existential religious explorations LaChapelle made as the AIDS crisis ravaged his close circle, the exhibition spans the thematic and technical breadth of the artist’s diverse, 40-year career of narrative social commentary, with a “full circle” effect in his newer work’s matured revisitation of his early practice’s religious themes.

In make BELIEVE, poignant visual explorations including rare and never-seen images dialogue with iconic, intergenerationally significant staples of visual culture: the last-ever portraits of Andy Warhol (1986) and Michael Jackson (2009); intimate 1990s photos of Tupac, David Bowie, Madonna, and Britney Spears; illustrious fashion campaigns featuring Naomi Campbell (and a rare 1996 portrait of Alexander McQueen in a ballgown); and electrifying portraiture of today’s most talked-about names, like Dua Lipa, Lizzo, Travis Scott, and Kim Kardashian.

Filling all six floors of the Landmarked museum building’s 1894 neo-Gothic architecture, make BELIEVE—Fotografiska New York’s first building-wide takeover dedicated to a single artist, in a space that typically accommodates four to five separate shows—stages LaChapelle’s work in a captivating interplay with the museum’s stunningly churchlike interior.

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