Brit Bus Stops Love LaChapelle
London -- Ten images from David LaChapelle’s 'Refineries and Gas' series have suddenly appeared on the top of bus stops in Central London, between Somerset House on the Strand and Trafalgar Square.
Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network now have good reason to sit upstairs when riding a double-decker bus.
The photographs were created using scale models made out of everyday objects, and are designed to be viewed from the top deck of a double-decker bus.
These works enable the everyday commuter to become the viewer of a piece of public art while traveling to their destination -- if they are perceptive enough to spot the work.
“In these gadget and app-based times, people don’t have time to go to, say, White Cube and view work as much as they would [like to],” says George Annin, from Annïn Art, which organized the exhibition in collaboration with Transport For London to create the series of public art pieces; “There’s a whole generation of people who are glued to their iPhones.
If they are going to engage with some work at any level, positively or negatively, I think it’s better than not seeing any work at all.”
The work is the American photographer’s first public art intervention in Britain.
The bus stop installations follow a earlier project organized by Annïn Art with the photographer Juergen Teller and is part of Transport for London and London Transport Museum’s Year of the Bus. The exhibition, which will continue to the end of September.
In recent years he has exhibited his works at many one-man shows around the world, including the Barbican Museum in London (2002), Palazzo Reale in Milan (2007), the Musée de La Monnaie in Paris (2009), Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City (2009), Kestner Gesellschaft in Germany (2009) and the Tel Aviv Museum of Contemporary Art in Israel (2010), from which he received the honor of Artist of the Year in 2011.
Also recently, major retrospectives of his work have been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei (2010), Museum of Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico (2011), Hangaram Museum in Korea (2012), Rudolfinum Gallery in Prague (2011/2012), and the Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm (2012/2013). Recent acquisitions include Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2012), National Portrait Gallery in London (2012), and National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC (2012).
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