Robert Mapplethorpe
American photographer
Robert Mapplethorpe
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.
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DANCE REVIEW; Xavier Le Roy’s ‘Product of Circumstances’ - Review
NYTimes - over 5 years
Artists very quickly acquire inescapable summaries. (Think of Robert Mapplethorpe: culture wars photographer.) Xavier Le Roy, when not saddled with “ conceptual choreographer ” gets “molecular biologist turned dance artist.” Never mind that this French choreographer switched careers in 1990, in his 20s, just after presenting
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Punk poet in free-rein form - Sydney Morning Herald
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Photo: Lynn Goldsmith LAST year, Patti Smith released her memoir, Just Kids, recalling her and Robert Mapplethorpe's time as struggling artists in New York City. The book promptly became a New York Times bestseller and won the 2010 National Book Award
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Sam Fox School launches fall Public Lecture Series - Washington University in St. Louis News
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The book explores the works of homosexual artists — from Paul Cadmus and Andy Warhol to Robert Mapplethorpe and Holly Hughes — as well as the circumstances under which these works have been attacked, suppressed and censored outright
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The Artist Rooms collection is transforming our visual culture - The Guardian (blog)
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In Hull you can see Andy Warhol next year, while Belfast will get Robert Therrien and Robert Mapplethorpe will be showing in Dunoon. It is an enriching feast of excellence. The difference between a great and an ordinary work of conceptual art is as
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An Open Letter To The Film Industry About The “Just Kids” Biopioc - The Frisky (blog)
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The thing that was so compelling about the story was Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe's total dedication to the pursuit of art. They became famous and well-respected because they cared more about their art than how it was received
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Obscene Sophistication - the Art of Robert Mapplethorpe - IcelandReview
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Photos courtesy of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and the i8 Gallery, Reykjavík. If you are interested in photography and art, it's very unlikely that you don't know who Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1988) is, and that's the challenge of it: how to
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Patti Smith: Just Kids autobiography to be a major motion picture - Christian Science Monitor
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With her revealing autobiography Just Kids, Patti Smith penned an ode to her former lover and friend, the late Robert Mapplethorpe, and the 1970s New York art scene of legend, with its Chelsea Hotel and punk rockers
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Patti Smith to co-write "Just Kids" film - CBS News
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"Just Kids" chronicles Smith's friendship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The memoir won the 2010 National Book Award for nonfiction and spent 37 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. Logan won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play for the
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Patti Smith Adapting Her Memoir Just Kids Into A Screenplay - Cinema Blend
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The evocatively written, deeply emotional book covers Smith's entire life, but is focused around her relationship with the photographer and artist Robert Mapplethorpe, which started out romantic until he came out; they continued living together in the ... - -
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Best Sellers: Paperback Nonfiction: Sunday, July 31st 2011
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About the Best Sellers: These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the July 31, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending July 16, 2011. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book's sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above it. A dagger (†) indicates that some retailers report
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Gregorio Luke to talk about controversial murals - Los Angeles Times
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A planned Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit at Corcoran Galley was canceled because the content was thought to be obscene. Protesters projected the censored images on the side wall of the museum at night. "This season, we are able to add a new interactive
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Does the Chelsea Hotel Have an Art Thief? - Village Voice (blog)
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The hotel, designated a landmark in 1966, put up for sale in 2010, has walls "caked with art" by former and current hotel residents, like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Willem De Kooning. That art has been vanishing, piece by piece,
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Popped Culture: Bobby Miller - NUG Magazine
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Mr. Miller is a veritable renaissance man who has published 12 books of photography and poetry, has worked as a make-up artist for Robert Mapplethorpe, and happens to be an accomplished actor and spoken word artist. We spoke with Bobby Miller about his
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Best Sellers: Paperback Nonfiction: Sunday, July 24th 2011
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About the Best Sellers: These lists are an expanded version of those appearing in the July 24, 2011 print edition of the Book Review, reflecting sales for the week ending July 9, 2011. An asterisk (*) indicates that a book's sales are barely distinguishable from those of the book above it. A dagger (†) indicates that some retailers report
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Philbrook hosts discussion of art, sexuality, censorship - Tulsa World
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... that in his opinion have shaped the history of modern art in America, as artists such as Paul Cadmus, Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe responded to the threat of censorship by producing their own "outlaw representations" of homosexuality
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Patti Smith Speaks on Recently Passed Dealer Robert Miller - In the Air, Art+Auction's Gossip Column (blog)
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Miller's career was defined by his commitment to great women and gay artists, including Eva Hesse, Robert Mapplethorpe, Diane Arbus, Joan Mitchell, Patti Smith, Alice Neel, and Gilbert & George. “Robert Miller was my advocate and mentor,” said Patti
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Mapplethorpe
    FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 42
    After the Corcoran refused the Mapplethorpe exhibition, the underwriters of the exhibition went to the nonprofit Washington Project for the Arts, which showed all the images in its space from July 21 to August 13, 1989, to large crowds.
    More Details Hide Details In 1990, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, and Dennis Barrie, were charged with obscenity. They were found not guilty by a jury. According to the ICA, "The Corcoran's decision sparked a controversial national debate: Should tax dollars support the arts? Who decides what is "obscene" or "offensive" in public exhibitions? And if art can be considered a form of free speech, is it a violation of the First Amendment to revoke federal funding on grounds of obscenity? To this day, these questions remain very much at issue." Mapplethorpe became something of a cause célèbre for both sides of the American culture war. However, prices for many of the Mapplethorpe photographs doubled and even tripled as a consequence of all the attention. The artist's notoriety supposedly also helped the posthumous sale at Christie's auction house of Mapplethorpe's own collection of furniture, pottery, silver and works by other artists, which brought about $8 million.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., had agreed to be one of the host museums for the tour. Mapplethorpe decided to show his latest series that he explored shortly before his death. Titled Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, the show included photographs from his X Portfolio, which featured images of urophagia, BDSM and a self-portrait with a bullwhip inserted in his anus. The show was curated by Janet Kardon of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). The hierarchy of the Corcoran and several members of the U.S. Congress were upset when the works were revealed to them, due the homoerotic and sadomasochistic themes of some of the work. Though much of his work throughout his career had been regularly displayed in publicly funded exhibitions, conservative and religious organizations, such as the American Family Association, seized on this exhibition to vocally oppose government support for what they called "nothing more than the sensational presentation of potentially obscene material."
  • 1988
    Age 41
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1986
    Age 39
    The 1986 solo exhibition "Black Males" and the subsequent book The Black Book sparked controversy for their depiction of black men.
    More Details Hide Details The images, erotic depictions of black men, were widely criticized for being exploitative. The work was largely phallocentric and sculptural, focusing on segments of the subject's bodies. His purported intention with these photographs and the use of black men as models was the pursuit of the Platonic ideal. Mapplethorpe's initial interest in the black male form was inspired by films like Mandingo and the interrogation scene in Cruising, in which an unknown black character enters the interrogation room and slaps the protagonist across the face. Criticism was the subject of a work by American conceptual artist Glenn Ligon, Notes on the Margins of the Black Book (1991–1993). Ligon juxtaposes Mapplethorpe's 91 images of black men in the 1988 publication Black Book with critical texts and personal reactions about the work to complicate the racial undertones of the imagery. American poet and activist Essex Hemphill also expressed criticism in his anthology Brother to Brother (1991). Although he believed that Mappplethorpe's work reflected exceptional talent, Hemphill also believed that it displayed a lack of concern for black individuals in the gay community, "except as sexual subjects".
  • 1977
    Age 30
    From 1977 until 1980, Mapplethorpe was the lover of writer and Drummer magazine editor Jack Fritscher.
    More Details Hide Details Mapplethorpe took his first photographs in the late 1960s or early 1970s using a Polaroid camera. In the mid-1970s, he acquired a Hasselblad medium-format camera and began taking photographs of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, including artists, composers, and socialites. During this time, he became friends with New Orleans artist George Dureau, whose work had a profound impact on Mapplethorpe, so much so that he restaged many of Dureau's early photographs. By the 1980s his subject matter focused on statuesque male and female nudes, delicate flower still lifes, and highly formal portraits of artists and celebrities. Mapplethorpe's first studio was at 24 Bond Street in Manhattan. In the 1980s, his mentor and lifetime companion art curator Sam Wagstaff bought a top-floor loft at 35 West 23rd Street for Robert, where he lived and used as his shooting space. He kept the Bond Street loft as his darkroom.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 20
    Mapplethorpe lived with his close friend Patti Smith from 1967 to 1972, and she supported him by working in bookstores.
    More Details Hide Details They created art together; and, even after he realized he was homosexual, they maintained a close relationship.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Born
    Born on November 4, 1946.
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