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Photographer David LaChapelle's World Premiere & New Miami Exhibit


VISU Contemporary announces its new exhibition for 2024 featuring works by internationally acclaimed photographer David LaChapelle. The collection, titled “David LaChapelle: Happy Together” curated by VISU Contemporary gallery owners Bruce Halpryn and Blake Pearson, will be on display from January 26 through March 2, 2024, and will feature a selection of over 30 significant photographs from the artist’s career from 1985 to the present, including the premiere of a new work.  


Highlights of the exhibition include Archangel Uriel (1985), one of LaChapelle’s earliest figurative works displaying a stoic cherub resting on the overlook of a great forest; My Own Marilyn (2002), which presents the artist’s muse Amanda Lepore in an homage to Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue (1964); After the Deluge: Museum (2007), where LaChapelle reminds us that human survival cannot be separated from nature while precious objects are as temporary as our climate; Spree (2019-2020), inspired by accounts of Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which finds a colossal mega cruise ship frozen in time within a vast, icy landscape; Behold (2015), representing LaChapelle’s ability to reimagine Old World ideas and aesthetics with painterly effect through photography; and Revelations (2019), inspired by the biblical book of the same name.


Credit:David LaChapelle


LaChapelle’s newest work, Three Graces (male) (2023), inspired by Raphael’s master painting The Three Graces (1503-1505), will also be on view. 


“We are thrilled to present David LaChapelle’s first-ever solo exhibition on Miami Beach,” said Bruce Halpryn, co-owner and co-curator of VISU Contemporary. “This curation reveals an exciting range of themes while highlighting the artist’s distinct ability to create thought-provoking narratives.  Many of the iconic works on view have become a mirror of the time we live in, while also providing a glimpse into the future.”


To celebrate the introduction of LaChapelle’s presence in Miami, the artist will be present for the exhibition opening on January 26 from 7-9 p.m. For more information, visit www.visugallery.com


“Since we founded VISU Contemporary our vision has been to create a New York-style gallery in Miami Beach with enthralling exhibits aiming to nourish souls, our community, and artists—year-round,” said Blake Pearson, co-owner and co-curator of VISU Contemporary. “It’s such an honor to welcome David LaChapelle who we’ve revered as an artist for much of our lives.”


More on David LaChapelle


Born in Harford, Connecticut, in 1963, David LaChapelle attended high school at North Carolina School of the Arts. Originally enrolled as a painter, he developed an analog technique by hand-painting his own negatives to achieve a sublime spectrum of color before processing his film.


At age 17, LaChapelle moved to New York City. Following his first photography show at Gallery 303, he began taking pictures for Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. One of his first assignments for Warhol was to photograph the budding cultural renaissance in Miami Beach over the summer of 1986. LaChapelle’s unique point of view quickly garnered international interest, and his innovative approach to storytelling established him as one of the world’s most influential living photographers.


Through his mastery of color, unique composition, and imaginative narratives, LaChapelle began to expand the genre of photography. His staged tableau, portrait, and still life work challenged devices of traditional photography, and his work quickly gained international interest. By 1997, The New York Times predicted, “LaChapelle is certain to influence the work of a new generation...in the same way that Mr. Avedon pioneered so much of what is familiar today.”


Credit:David LaChapelle


LaChapelle has photographed some of the most recognizable figures in film, music, art, politics and sports, including Aaliyah, Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Andy Warhol, Angeline Jolie, Anna Kournikova, Anna Nicole Smith, Avicii, Britney Spears, Cher, Christina Aguilera, Courtney Love, David Beckham, David Bowie, David Hockney, Dennis Hopper, Diana Damrau, Doja Cat, Dolly Parton, Drew Barrymore, Dua Lipa, Eartha Kitt, Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John, Eminem, Faye Dunaway, Giselle, Gloria Estefan, Hillary Clinton, Jackie Chan, Janet Jackson, Jeff Koons, Julian Assange, Kanye West, Kehinde Wiley, Keke Palmer, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, Lance Armstrong, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lil’ Kim, Liza Minnelli, Lizzo, Madonna, Marc Anthony, Mariah Carey, Marilyn Manson, Mary J. Blige, Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Muhammed Ali, Naomi Campbell, Nicki Minaj, Pamela Anderson, Paris Hilton, Ricky Martin, Rita Ora, Sade, Serena Williams, Snoop Dogg, Sofia Coppola, Stevie Nicks, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Tupac Shakur, Uma Thurman, Whitney Houston and many others.


As Forbes magazine stated, “David LaChapelle’s work is not inspired by the zeitgeist; it is the zeitgeist.” 


LaChapelle has become one of the most published photographers throughout the world with an anthology of books, including LaChapelle Land (1996), Hotel LaChapelle (1999), Heaven to Hell (2006), Lost & Found and Good News (2017). Simultaneously, his work has expanded into music video, film and stage projects. His 2005 feature film, Rize, was released theatrically in 17 countries. His portraits, stage and film works of celebrities and culture have become iconic archetypes of America in the 21st century. 


Over the past 30 years, LaChapelle has exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, including the National Portrait Gallery (London), Musee de Monnaie (Paris), Barbican Centre (London), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (Israel), Musee d’Orsay (Paris), Groninger Museum (The Netherlands), Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome), Palazzo Reale (Milan), National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.), Casa dei Tre Oci (Venice), La Venaria Reale (Turin), MUDEC (Milan), Fotografiska (New York) and Salone Degli Incanti (Trieste).


In the fall of 2023, LaChapelle was honored with the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Lifetime Achievement Award at the XIV Florence Biennale.


For more information, visit davidlachapelle.com or follow on Instagram @david_lachapelle.


More on VISU Contemporary


Established in 2022, VISU Contemporary’s success is a testament to Miami’s flourishing position in the global art market.  Located one block from the Miami Beach Convention Center (home to Art Basel) and near The Bass Museum, VISU Contemporary seeks to contribute to the art history conversation by presenting provocative and inclusive exhibitions, projects, installations, collaborations, and performances. Featured artists include Kate Abercrombie, Victoria Ahmadizadeh Melendez, Alfredo Álvares Plágaro, Starsky Brines, Amber Cowan, Lara Padilla, Sibylle Peretti, Karen Rifas, Tyler Shields and Hendrik Zimmer.


VISU Contemporary is located at 2160 Park Ave. in Miami Beach. It is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by appointment. For more information, visit VISUgallery.com, email info@visugallery.com to make an appointment, or call 305.496.5180. 


 By ML Staff. Images courtesy of VISU Contemporary

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