Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe

Born Nov 4, 1946

Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer, known for his large-scale, highly stylized black and white portraits, photos of flowers and nude men. The frank homoeroticism of some of the work of his middle period triggered a more general controversy about the public funding of artworks.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born on November 4, 1946.


1967 20 Years Old Mapplethorpe lived with his close friend Patti Smith from 1967 to 1972, and she supported him by working in bookstores. … Read More


1977 30 Years Old From 1977 until 1980, Mapplethorpe was the lover of writer and Drummer magazine editor Jack Fritscher. … Read More
1986 39 Years Old The 1986 solo exhibition "Black Males" and the subsequent book The Black Book sparked controversy for their depiction of black men. … Read More


1988 41 Years Old In 1988, Mapplethorpe selected Patricia Morrisroe to write his biography, which was based on more than 300 interviews with celebrities, critics, lovers, and Mapplethorpe himself.
In the summer of 1989, Mapplethorpe's traveling solo exhibit brought national attention to the issues of public funding for the arts, as well as questions of censorship and the obscene. … Read More
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