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David LaChapelle
'EVIDENCE OF A MIRACULOUS EVENT' (FROM JESUS IS MY HOMEBOY)
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171
David LaChapelle
'EVIDENCE OF A MIRACULOUS EVENT' (FROM JESUS IS MY HOMEBOY)
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David LaChapelle
B. 1963
'EVIDENCE OF A MIRACULOUS EVENT' (FROM JESUS IS MY HOMEBOY)
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; accompanied by a signed David LaChapelle studio label (2)
61 1/2  by 96 in. (156.2 by 243.8 cm.)
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Literature

Gianni Mercurio and Fred Torres, eds., David LaChapelle al Forte Belvedere (Florence, 2008), pl. 26

LaChapelle: Heaven to Hell (Köln, 2010), pp. 338-9

Catalogue Note

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

In Evidence of a Miraculous Event, LaChapelle re-creates Christ’s resurrection: a modern-day Jesus stands in a graffitied room and shows his stigmata to his astonished disciples, the crown of thorns still on his head from his crucifixion.  In Loaves and Fishes (Lot 172), LaChapelle depicts the same modern Jesus offering Wonder Bread and raw fish to his followers, a clear reference to the gospel story of the feeding of the 5,000.  In LaChapelle’s renditions, Jesus’s disciples are cast as multi-ethnic youth of rap and hip-hop culture, carefully clothed by fashion designer Patty Wilson.  Conversely, his Jesus is always dressed in the garments favored by the Old Master painters.

The Jesus is My Homeboy images are representative of the glossy fashion and celebrity 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. 

Photographs

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