56 Bleecker Gallery

Your Needs Met
May 25 - June 25, 1988
New York, NY
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Art and About 

I was beginning to think the art crowd was slipping, losing something, maybe drying up. Hardly. The huge crowd that turned out for the opening night of David LaChapelle’s and Elaine Reichek’s show at 56, Bleecker Gallery wasn’t on bit dull, insipid or shriveled up. Everyone looked just the opposite: fluffy, ripe and in blossom. The place ablaze with personalized radical chic, but these weren’t hollow hipsters, these were people with actual substance inside their decorative shells. People were bandying their imaginations about and their art observations as well. No vapid spine-chilling trendies here, these were good-looking art-worlders. It struck me that here truly was the young avant-garde. So the crowd was here, and the art? That was here too.

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Paper Magazine Best of the Arts 1988

Anyone who follows contemporary photography cannot not know who David LaChapelle is. His career as a photographer began while attending an arts high school in North Carolina. Switching over from drawing to photography as his medium proved “a faster way to say what I wanted to say.” His first roll of film captured nude portraits of his classmates, young dancers and sculptors. It seems appropriate that this genesis has evolved into the current work; a host of angels, saints, mythical and allegorical figures.

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56 Bleecker Gallery
New York, NY