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David LaChapelle

Recollections in America, X: Gossip

  • Year2006
  • MaterialC-print
  • Dimensions64 x 64 cm
  • Year of acquisition2007
  • Inventory numberUAB 634 10I13
  • On viewBasement floor

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.”

Further collection artworks

Cy Twombly , Untitled (Roses), 2008, UAB 648
Cy Twombly Untitled (Roses), 2008
Cy Twombly , Lepanto II, 2001, UAB 470Lepanto Zyklus aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Lepanto II, 2001
Cy Twombly, Untitled, 2004, UAB 655aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled
Cy Twombly, Untitled (New York City), 1968, UAB 448aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Untitled (New York City), 1968
Cy Twombly, Rotalla, 1986/1990, UAB 463aus der Sammlung Brandhorst
Cy Twombly Rotalla, 1986/1990