Is Courtney Love ready for yet another comeback? After a tumultuous few weeks, including revelations that Love has lost control of former husband Kurt Cobain’s image to her daughter thanks to an outstanding debt and now-retracted Twitter accusations that former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl was fiddling with that same daughter, there is a bit of silver lining appearing around Love’s dark cloud.
Not only did her band Hole reunite for the first time in eons with all of the members who played on the band’s last record, Celebrity Skin, for a quick set in Brooklyn recently, but this week a show of Love’s artwork—titled “And She’s Not Even Pretty”—has its debut at the Manhattan art gallery Fred Torres Collaborations.
The show, which features 45 original pieces by Love, is open through June 15 and, as she told The Huffington Post, it’s a “Kurt-free zone.”
"A lot of this collection is about one romance," Love said. "It’s embracing this thing in my life that haunted me.”
Depending on where you’re coming from, you may know David LaChapelle best for his music videos (Elton John, Gwen Stefani, Blink 182), his movies (Rize, Krumped), or his ad campaigns (Tommy Hilfiger, Burger King). But he remains a photographer first and foremost, which is why he’s just opened up a new exhibition in the gallery space at Fred Torres Collaborations, who are now representing him in New York. Called Earth Laughs In Flowers, it’s a series of ten large-scale photographs that were first shown at the Kestnergesellschaft Museum in Hanover.
There’s an explanatory artistic statement, for those of you who dig those things: "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." (Art talk!)
If you want to check it out, the show opened last night and is running through March 24 at 527 W. 29th St.. That’s right next to Chelsea Park, where you can secretly drink a few MD 20/20s beforehand if that’s your protocol before going to any gallery. (I know it’s mine.)
Image copyright David LaChapelle, Courtesy of Fred Torres Collaborations, New York.