David LaChapelle: New Yorker

December 18, 2012

The photographer has long had a keen, if not entirely healthy, interest in celebrity, so when he heard about an act of vandalism at a Dublin wax museum, he knew he’d found an irresistible subject. The resulting still-lifes of slashed and shattered heads and hands are blown up to a ridiculously large scale, and they are as compelling as they are crass. Among the ruins are Michael Jackson, Bill Clinton, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Marlene Dietrich (a ringer for Cindy Sherman), but the spectacular thirteen-part series of the decapitated cast of the Last Supper is hard to beat. Through Jan. 19.

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