Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei
April 9 - May 30, 2010
American photographer David LaChapelle is an artist working in photography, video, and film. His unique and unmistakable style is shown throughout his works, characterized by glamorous aesthetics, dramatic tension, concept, and narrative.
LaChapelle’s talent in photography was already apparent in his youth. At the age of seventeen, he was offered his first professional job by Andy Warhol to shoot for Interview Magazine. After that opportunity, his identity and fame as a photographer rose.
LaChapelle's creative inspiration stems from both the classical heritage of art history and daily life elements related to street culture. The result is a series of spectacular works interwoven by past and present; a mixture of refined and popular tastes. His works are both a mirror and see-through lens of multifaceted popular culture. Standing between glamour and commerce, the artist is not limited to the purpose of his works, thus transcending market trends and common traditions. LaChapelle is one of the few photographers that have long been accepted and regarded as a model by the often critical European and American Contemporary Art circles. He documents the decadence of this modern era.
Since 2008, LaChapelle has held exhibitions and lectures at some of the world’s prominent art museums. In 2010, LaChapelle selected the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei as the home of his first Asian exhibition. The artist will exhibit works created from 1985 to 2009 categorized into several different sections exploring the different themes prevalent in LaChapelle’s work.
For more information please visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei website.