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David LaChapelle’s unique take on Baroque still life paintings

In Earth Laughs In Flowers, David LaChapelle appropriates the traditional Baroque still life painting in order to explore contemporary vanity, vice, the transience of earthly possessions and, ultimately, the fragility of humanity.

Expectations of the still life are satisfied through the inclusion of symbolic objects such as fruit, flowers and skulls, but also upended by the insertion of everyday items such as cell phones, cigarette butts, balloons, Barbies, and a Starbuck’s iced coffee cup. Earth Laughs In Flowers will be on view at Fred Torres Collaborations in New York from February 23 through March 24. [via Feature Shoot]
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