Still Lifes, the third exhibition dedicated to the American photographer at the gallery. His most controversial works documented and examined the homosexual male BDSM subculture of New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Robert Michael Mapplethorpe (; November 4, 1946 – March 9, 1989) was an American photographer, best known for his black-and-white photographs. Let us know. [40][41] [1] He was of English, Irish, and German descent, and grew up as a Catholic in Our Lady of the Snows Parish. "[57], In 1996, Patti Smith wrote a book The Coral Sea dedicated to Mapplethorpe. It was directed and executive produced by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, and produced by Katharina Otto-Bernstein. [29] His work often made reference to religious or classical imagery, such as a 1975 portrait of Patti Smith [30] from 1986 which recalls Albrecht Dürer's 1500 self-portrait. [69] The book won the 2010 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Banham, Gary. New York: Random House, 1995. pgs. This page was last edited on 17 October 2020, at 18:29. "[45][46][47] After a delay of about six months, the affair came to an end when Peter Knight, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, was informed that no legal action would be taken. Issue", "Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment", "Publicity Is Enriching Mapplethorpe Estate", "Helmut and Brooks, N.Y.C. Utilizamos cookies para asegurarnos de brindarle la mejor experiencia en nuestro sitio web. ... At first glance, the images are of still life blossoms, but to look more closely is to see the absolute clarity of Mapplethorpe’s composition, with … New York: Random House, 1992. He was not looking to make a political statement or an announcement of his evolving sexual persuasion. His work featured an array of subjects, including celebrity portraits, male and female nudes, self-portraits, and still-life images. Luis Alberto Mejia Clavijo (October 18, 2012), Arthur Coleman Danto and Mapplethorpe, Robert. [70], In June 2016, Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons debuted his men's Spring 2017 collection inspired by Mapplethorpe's work and featuring several of his photographs printed onto shirts, jackets, and smocks. [54], In 1992, author Paul Russell dedicated his novel Boys of Life to Mapplethorpe, as well as to Karl Keller and Pier Paolo Pasolini. In 1990, the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, which had also showed the exhibit, and Dennis Barrie, were charged with obscenity; photographs that depicted men in sadomasochistic poses were the basis of charges that the museum and its director had pandered obscenity. Mapplethorpe attended the Pratt Institute of Art at a time marked by artistic currents such as body art, minimal and conceptual art, which made use of photography detached from its … The images, erotic depictions of black men, were widely criticized for being exploitative. During this time, he became friends with New Orleans artist George Dureau, whose work had such a profound impact on Mapplethorpe that he restaged many of Dureau's early photographs. Mapplethorpe. Elvira González Gallery is pleased to present Robert Mapplethorpe. 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. A 1989 exhibition of Mapplethorpe's work, titled Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, sparked a debate in the Unite… Required fields are marked *, Galería Elvira González — C / Hermanos Álvarez Quintero, 1. 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? (Getty Museum)", "UCE pages on the Mapplethorpe controversy", "The Flowers of Robert Mapplethorpe (CD-i) James & Mike Mondays", "Extract from: HANSARD, S.A. Like many artists, Mapplethorpe used the time-honored genre of still life to practice and demonstrate his technical virtuosity. Still Life This exhibition brings together works created by the artist in New York City between 1978 and 1984. The two photographs, which were deemed possibly prosecutable as obscenity, were "Helmut and Brooks, NYC, 1978", which shows anal fisting, and "Jim and Tom, Sausalito, 1977", which is of a man clad in a dog collar, a leather mask and trousers, urinating into another man's mouth. [26], Mapplethorpe worked primarily in a studio, and almost exclusively in black and white, with the exception of some of his later work and his final exhibit "New Colors". "[38], In June 1989, pop artist Lowell Blair Nesbitt became involved in the censorship issue. Mapplethorpe was a participant observer for much of his erotic photography, participating in the sexual acts which he was photographing and engaging his models sexually.[28]. "Robert Mapplethorpe: The Philadelphia Story."

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