Lot 166
  • 166

David LaChapelle

20,000 - 30,000 USD
25,000 USD
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  • David LaChapelle
  • 'Sermon' (from Jesus is My Homeboy)
  • C-Print
  • 62 by 93 in. (157.5 by 236.2 cm.)
mural-sized digital chromogenic print, flush-mounted to aluminum, framed, a David LaChapelle studio label on the reverse, 2003, no. one in an edition of 5


Paolo Bonacina and Marco Voena, Jesus is My Homeboy (Robilant + Voena, 2008), unpaginated

Catalogue Note

In Jesus is My Homeboy, David LaChapelle offers a contemporary interpretation of gospel parables in a sequence of six images: Anointing; Evidence of a Miraculous Event; Intervention; Loaves & Fishes; Sermon; and Last Supper.  An avid admirer of Michelangelo and Caravaggio, LaChapelle was influenced by the Old Masters when composing his own tableaux, and imagined what their paintings might look like in a contemporary setting. 

LaChapelle’s Intervention depicts a modern-day Jesus as an advocate for the downtrodden, offering salvation to a prostitute.  Likewise in Sermon, LaChapelle evokes the Sermon on the Mount, casting Jesus’s modern disciples as multi-ethnic youth of urban rap and hip-hop culture, carefully clothed by fashion designer Patti Wilson. 

The Jesus is My Homeboy images are emblematic of the glossy fashion photography characteristic of LaChapelle’s best work.  The series was originally published in 2003 in the British magazine i-D and exhibited at Robilant +Voena, London, in 2008.