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Michelman Fine Art 

David LaChapelle: Early Works 1984-1988

 New York, New York

May 2 - June 15, 2011

Press Release:

Fred Torres is proud to announce it's first ever collaboration with Rebecca Michelman Fine Art in her brand new exhibition space on Madison Avenue. For her Inaugural show, Michelman Fine Art will be presenting its first ever exhibition on contemporary art. This exhibition will be a selection of early work from the 80's by post-modern pop photographer, David LaChapelle. The images in the show have not been exhibited in over 20 years.

Please join us in welcoming David LaChapelle this Thursday, May 5th, 2011 from 6 to 8 pm. All are welcome!
This show was conceived and curated jointly by Fred Torres, Rebecca Michelman, Patrick Toolan, and David LaChapelle.
Special thanks to Trevor Freedland, Nina Becker, and Kumi Gena Tanimura for all their hard work.

Michelman Fine Art Gallery
1020 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10075
t. 646.833.7984

Gallery is between 78th st. & 79th st. on Madison Avenue.
Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10am-5pm.

The exhibition, David LaChapelle: Early Work from 1984 to 1987 will run from May 5th – June 15th, 2011.

Michelman Fine Art (MFA), is presenting its first exhibition of contemporary art with a selection of the early work of post-modern pop photographer, David LaChapelle.

The photographs will be shown in New York for the first time in over 20 years. LaChapelle’s first solo shows were presented in the 80’s. Immersed in the art world of Warhol, Basquiat, Haring, Schnabel and other icons of the time, LaChapelle developed an iconic vision of his own. Over the years, his fine art photographs evolved into elaborate theatrical fantasies on the themes of religion, sex, death, politics, money and consumption. His lush photo-scapes, which appear to be painterly, are influenced by Pop art, Surrealism, Rennaissance and Baroque art. The current show reveals the beginnings of his exploration with these influences and themes. The early works include examples from his first show, “Angels, Saints and Martyrs”, in which black and white figures seem to transcend the physical realm; as well as other series that employ elements of collage, saturated colors and raw nude figures -- recalling the ideas that shaped his later, multi-faceted photo-scapes.

Known primarily as private dealers in important works of Impressionism, Modern and Post-War Art, Michelman Fine Art is presenting the exhibition in a new gallery space on Madison Avenue, steps away from the Whitney Museum.

The exhibition, “David LaChapelle Early Work: 1984 –1987” will run from May 2nd – June 15th at 1020 Madison Avenue, 3rd fl, between 78th st and 79th st. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10am-5pm.

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