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David LaChapelle

Recollections in America, IX: Draft

  • Year2006
  • MaterialC-print
  • Dimensions64 x 64 cm
  • Year of acquisition2007
  • Inventory numberUAB 634 9I13
  • On viewGround floor -1.1

More about the artwork

David LaChapelle is known for his opulently staged photographs of stars and supermodels. He owed the beginning of his stellar career as a celebrity photographer to Andy Warhol, who first commissioned him for “Interview” magazine in the early 1980s. “Recollections in America” is quite extraordinary for LaChapelle’s œuvre. The pictures are reminiscent of party snapshots; the persons shown seem less to play a part than to forget their parts: an elderly lady throws up in company, an apparently drunk man fills Kahlúa into a baby bottle. The longer the viewer looks at the photographs, the more inconsistencies are noticeable. Who would put a hand grenade onto a sideboard and why does the same man reappear several times? Photo albums from the 1970s and 1980s provide the foundation for this series. LaChapelle has digitally mounted elements such as the hand grenade into the photographs. These collages draw a memorable picture of suburban life in the United States—the dark side of the “American dream.”

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Albert Oehlen Ohne Titel, 1988UAB 854
Albert Oehlen Ohne Titel, 1988
Andy Warhol Oxidation Painting, 1978UAB 552
Andy Warhol Oxidation Painting, 1978
Albert Oehlen Rodchenko I, 1982UAB 1063
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David LaChapelle Recollections in America, VI: Kahlua and Milk, 2006