David LaChapelle: The Fellini of Photography Returns to Fine Art

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David LaChapelle: The Fellini of Photography Returns to Fine Art

During the course of his artistic career, David LaChapelle was hired by Andy Warhol, fired by Madonna, photographed Pamela Anderson, Lady Gaga, and Hillary Clinton, and made a star of the transgender personality Amanda Lepore. He earned millions and spent much of that on his self-financed movie about an urban dance form created in the rough neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles. When the film, Rize, failed to attract a large audience, the weary LaChapelle packed up his career and disappeared.

Now, LaChapelle is back in New York briefly, overseeing his one-man show at a Madison Avenue art gallery and a separate commissioned installation that is opening in the lobby of the Lever House on Park Avenue. With their erotic gloss, their sizzling aesthetics and their slick production values, the photographs at Michelman Fine Art are recognizably the work of a man who in his editorial work for Vanity Fair, Interview, Rolling Stone and others photographed David Duchovny dressed in Lycra bondage trousers, Kanye West as Black Jesus, a turbaned Elizabeth Taylor looking like a $5 fortune teller, Eminem naked but for a well-placed prop and other stars like Tupac Shakur (wearing soap bubbles), Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga baring their souls for the camera, along with a good deal more.

At the Lever House, however, the artist has returned to techniques he employed when, at the very beginning of his career, long before he became the go-to video director for pop music divas, he used naïve, childlike forms like linked paper chains to make his work. In the space that in the past has presented exhibitions of works by artists such as Barbara Kruger and Damien Hirst, Mr. LaChapelle has hung the chains from walls and ceiling in looping festoons. At first glance, the stapled links only look like colorful decorations for a children’s party, but when viewed more closely they reveal images of naked bodies, as an allegory for human connection.

Viewers can read more about David LaChapelle’s return to the art scene in The New York Times here.

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The Articles from Wednesday, October 24, 2007

In this exclusive and shocking new video footage of Anna Nicole Smith, she displays severely impaired reality testing abilities, which possibly have been devastated by substance use or abuse. A photograph and the full new video footage is included.

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This article is about one writer’s humorous and ironic suggestion that the handbag may just be a shrewd invention on the part of men and the social system of patriarchy to keep women enslaved. The dead white male who invented it knew that it was an accessory that women wouldn’t be able to resist. Colorful and amusing photographs are included.

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“Photo of the Day: Sexy Macho Man.” This is a handsome black and white photograph, presented for you in high-resolution. The photograph is accompanied by a music video: The Village People’s campy “Macho Man.”

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Frederick Prince von Anhalt Submits DNA: “I’m Almost Sure the Baby’s Mine”

Zsa Zsa and Her “Prinz”

Zsa Zsa and David Letterman Plunge Into a Piggy Fast-Food Pilgrimage

Prinz von Anhalt Makes Cameo Appearances

Prinz von Anhalt Takes Lie-Detector Test

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America’s Obsession with Celebrities

netXnews has published an interesting opinion piece that examines the media scrum surrounding Anna Nicole’s Death:

“The American public’s obsession with celebrities has hit an all-time high–or low, depending on how one looks at it–thanks to the death of Anna Nicole Smith.

At the root of this problem is the media, who grossly over-covered the legal proceedings following Smith’s death. John B. Bogart, former editor of the New York Sun, once said, “When a dog bites a man, that’s not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that’s news.” The Anna Nicole Smith controversy was certainly newsworthy by this standard, and the media should have given it some airtime. What they did instead was sell out to sensationalism.

For a week, it was impossible to turn on the news without getting in-depth coverage of the legal proceedings, reminiscent of the Florida ballot count and the Clinton impeachment. The difference was, the latter two had tremendous political implications. The Smith debate had next to nothing, but because it was sensational, it remained on the air.

This could be excusable if there really was nothing else to run a story about. It’s a fact of a journalist’s life that some days in the newsroom are just slow, and what better way to spruce up a daytime news program than to cover a live case? The problem here is that those days weren’t slow.

On Feb. 21, for instance, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced the withdrawal of 1,500 British troops from Basra, Iraq. This was “man bites dog” times two–not only were troops being pulled; they were being pulled BECAUSE THEIR MISSION WAS SUCCESSFUL. That day, people should have been asking questions about Blair’s decision. Was Britain’s mission really complete and successful? If it was, what could American military leaders learn from it? Are the British doing something we aren’t? Why is there so much cooperation in Basra, while there is so much sectarian violence and a general lack of cooperation in Baghdad?

Instead, Blair’s announcement was for the most part confined to brief news updates and the bottom ticker, while Judge Larry Seidlin’s personal anecdotes and Vergie Arthur’s antics took center stage. People were asking questions like, Is Larry Birkhead the father of Smith’s child or is Howard K. Stern? Or could it be Frederic Prinz von Anhalt, Mark Hatten or Alexander Denk?

During the Anna Nicole melee, Denmark announced that it would pull all of its 460 troops out of Iraq, and Iranian president Moumad Ahmadinejad refused to end his country’s nuclear development program. These were big stories that have an impact on the global community, but they too fell by the wayside as the media force-fed America the much less important Smith hearing.

The news media have a responsibility to inform the public. Instead of cashing in on the sensational, they should leave the live courtroom coverage to E! and give precedence to the truly important stories occurring in our country and around the world–the ones that will have serious implications for all of us. As unfortunate as it may be, Anna Nicole Smith is dead. Let’s hope the news media didn’t die with her.

On this weekend’s edition of “60 Minutes,” Simon Cowell tells Anderson Cooper that he regrets saying no to a Hollywood couple who wanted to pay him $100,000 for a private critique of their bedroom lovemaking.

If only Frederick Prinz von Anhalt had also been blessed with the wisdom to remain behind closed doors this week. The alleged second-youngest man in Anna Nicole’s life coughed up a new definition of German irony this week. Here’s a guy who, by many public accounts, is about as close to a royal bloodline as Minneapolis’ Prince Rogers Nelson (all von Anhalt did in 1980 was get adopted by a real princess and change his name to Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt), but this week he took exception to being called a “fraud” by FOX News host Bill O’Reilly, and this week filed a defamation lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. By his own admission, von Anhalt married Za Zsa Gabor sfor friendship, not love; but for the love of Beverly Hills, at this point, it should be her slapping the prince, rather than him slapping O’Reilly with a lawsuit.”

Prinz von Anholt Submits DNA

On Saturday, ABC News reported that Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband provided a DNA sample Friday in the ongoing dispute about the paternity of Anna Nicole Smith’s infant daughter, and said he wanted to raise the child if he was the father. The ABC account went on to say:

“Frederic von Anhalt said he’s “almost sure” the test will prove he’s the father of 6-month-old Dannielynn. He says he carried on a decades-long affair with the former Playboy Playmate of the Year.

I’m almost sure the baby’s mine, almost sure,” von Anhalt, 59, said after having a cotton swab brushed along the inside of his mouth. He added he hopes to gain custody as soon as possible. “Oh yeah, if it’s my baby, it belongs in my home,” von Anhalt said. “I’m going to take good care of it. I will be a good father.”

A judge in the Bahamas on Tuesday ordered a DNA test on the girl at the request of Smith’s ex-boyfriend Larry Birkhead, who has also claimed paternity. Howard K. Stern, Smith’s companion, is listed as the father on the baby’s birth certificate.

Immediately after von Anhalt gave his sample at the Identigene Lab, his lawyer, Edward Lee, called on Stern, to do the same. Stern’s lawyer, James Neavitt, did not immediately return a call for comment.

Smith, 39, died Feb. 8 in a hotel room in Miami, but no cause has been given. Authorities plan to release autopsy results Monday.

Stern has been caring for the girl in the gated, waterfront home where he lived with Smith in the months before she died. The Bahamian courts have ordered Stern not to leave the country with the girl before a custody ruling.

The baby, whose full name is Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern, could inherit millions from the estate of Smith’s late husband, J. Howard Marshall II. Smith had been fighting the Texas oil tycoon’s family over his estimated $500 million fortune since his death in 1995.

Von Anhalt acknowledged that his 90-year-old wife was angry after he announced last month that he could be Dannielynn’s father, but added that she has since forgiven him.

If it’s my daughter, it’s my daughter and Zsa Zsa can’t help but love her,” said von Anhalt, who uses the royal title prince, which he says was given to him by a German princess who adopted him.

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Husband Claims Paternity of Anna Nicole’s Baby


The Telegraph (UK) reported today that Zsa Zsa Gabor’s wacky husband is suddenly claiming to be the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby:

“As if another was needed, the husband of Zsa Zsa Gabor added a further bizarre twist to the sudden death of the former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith by claiming that he was the father of her baby daughter.

Two men are already fighting over the paternity of the five-month-old child, who could inherit a fortune because of her mother’s short-lived marriage to the late billionaire J. Howard Marshall III.

Yesterday, Frederick Prinz von Anhalt, 59, who has been married to Gabor for more than 20 years, said that neither Smith’s husband, Howard K Stern, nor her former boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, fathered young Dannielynn.  He said he conducted a decade-long affair with 39-year-old Smith.

If you go back from September, she wasn’t with one of those guys, she was with me,” von Anhalt told the Associated Press.

Gabor, the Hungarian-born film star, has been in declining health in recent years after being partially paralysed in a car crash and suffering a stroke.

Von Anhalt, who is Gabor’s eighth husband, was adopted by an elderly German princess from Anhalt in 1980.

He said he and Smith first met in New York in the 1990s when she was still married to Mr Marshall, the oil tycoon she met in a strip club when she was 26 and he was 89.

She was a very big fan of Zsa Zsa and wanted to be like Zsa Zsa.  She wanted to be a princess,” he said.

He said that Smith wanted him to make her a princess like his wife but that, short of divorcing Gabor, the only solution would have been to adopt Smith – which Gabor refused to allow.”

Other sources have also described von Anhalt’s outlandish claim:

“He said he never admitted the affair to his wife, but that he’s sure she knows.  She would sometimes answer the phone when Smith called him, von Anhalt said.

She was a very sexy woman,” von Anhalt said.  “To have an affair with her is the top, you know.”

Publicist Edward Lozzi, who said he handled publicity for Gabor when she was convicted of slapping a Beverly Hills police officer during a 1989 traffic stop, said he doubted von Anhalt’s claim, calling him a “chronic fabricator.”

There are some people who are married to famous people and take advantage of it,” said Lozzi, who said he dated Smith three times and spoke with her within the last year.

Both von Anhalt and John Blanchette, Gabor’s longtime publicist, said Lozzi was a hanger-on and never the family’s official publicist.

He’s the one taking advantage of it,” von Anhalt said.

Ronald Jason Palmieri, an attorney who has represented Gabor and von Anhalt for 15 years, was also skeptical about the paternity claim.

I have to believe my client, but it’s still surreal,” he told the Los Angeles Times.  “I would find it completely implausible that he is the father of that child, to put it lightly.”

Von Anhalt’s royal credentials have been the cause of speculation over the years.  According to stories in the British press, he was born Robert Lichtenberg, the son of a German policeman, and bought his title after being adopted as an adult by a bankrupt daughter-in-law of the last kaiser.”

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