by Jessica Birkett in New Art on Friday 29 June 2012

Summer is festival season in the northern hemisphere, and there has been no more sensational a piece to be showcased so far than David LaChapelle’s Seismic Shift, hosted by the Paul Kasmin gallery at Art Hong Kong.

LaChapelle, synonymous with the candy colour portraiture of self-satirizing celebrities (Kanye West, Angelina Jolie, Alexander McQueen), whose distinctive style has kept his work on glossy pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair, has brought the same satire to fine contemporary. Perhaps the first photograph to so succinctly contain an era, the enormous shows familiar icons of Kruger, Hirst, Koons, Warhol, Murakami, Minjun and Gursky decrepit and drowning in Los Angeles’ own La Brea Tar Pits.