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Mentoring Courtney Love: David LaChapelle and Courtney Love

Courtney Love, Don’t You Know Who I Am
Courtney Love, Don’t You Know Who I Am, 2012

Mentoring Courtney Love: David LaChapelle and Courtney Love is now on exhibit at The Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Connecticut. Courtney Love is a singer-songwriter known primarily as vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the alternative rock band Hole, which she formed in 1989. Love was also married to Kurt Cobain, of the band Nirvana. Love’s first show of her visual art was in 2012 with the exhibition “And She’s Not Even Pretty” at Fred Torres Collaborations in New York City. Courtney Love has been drawing all of her life and she briefly enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute. Love credits artist and photographer David LaChapelle with mentoring her as a visual artist.

According to the Museum:

Love’s work, featured in this exhibition, are all works on paper. They are executed in a combination of pastel, watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, charcoal, acrylic, and marker. The works on view are all portraits, including some self-portraits, and this is where we see the relationship between her work and that of her mentor David LaChapelle. While LaChapelle’s photographic portraits are slick and hyper-real, Love’s portraits are sketch-like and spontaneous. Her images are raw and full of emotion, and they bear a resemblance to her music. There is a consistency in vision between her music and her visual art that suggests an authenticity of expression.

The exhibition opened April 13, 2013 and continues through August 10, 2013.

The Video below is from Courtney Love’s previous exhibition, “And She’s Not Even Pretty.”

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