Mapplethorpe often evoked classical themes in his work, particularly in his nude figure studies. Robert Mapplethorpe Lisa Lyon , 1982 Stamped and Signed by The Robert Mapplethorpe Estate Silver Gelatin print, framed Unframed: 50.8 x 40.6 cm / 20 x 16 ins Framed: 63.6 x … 1977 Platinum print “He was an artist who understood the value of his own intuition and eye, who taught himself the history of photography, how to network, how to run a studio, and how to keep the public interested in him.”. 13 13/16 x 13 13/16 in. 17. Jointly acquired by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; partial gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; partial purchase with funds provided by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation Mapplethorpe borrowed a Polaroid camera from a friend in 1970 and, over the course of the next year, honed his vision as a photographer. Jointly acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with funds provided by The David Geffen Foundation, and The J. Paul Getty Trust Interview with Robert Mapplethorpe quoted in Cooper, Emmanuel. His early work also reflected the influence of his idol, Andy Warhol, and it is perhaps Warhol’s cover art for the band The Velvet Underground’s 1967 debut album featuring a banana that inspired Banana & Keys (1973), a photograph-in-a-box construction. Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989) (38.4 x 38.7 cm). 49.4 x 50.2 cm (19 7/16 x 19 3/4 in.) Ajitto Gelatin silver print In this portrait, Mapplethorpe captures Lyon in her work-out attire, a nod to her role as an early advocate for fitness and weight training, which came to be a defining feature of early and mid-1980s American culture. Gelatin silver print Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art In the NEA/Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center controversy surrounding Mapplethorpe16 his work was defended on aesthetic grounds, not on the grounds of homoerotic content, of freedom of expression or artistic freedom. London: Jonathon Cape, 1992, p. 331 So I got hundreds of pictures of Keith Richards, and I hung them up and then just took scissors and chopped away until I had a real Rolling Stones haircut.” Mapplethorpe captured Smith’s androgynous style, composing the photograph to emphasize contrasts of black and white in Smith’s features and wardrobe, in the background, and even in the cat. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989) 38.8 x 38.8 cm (15 1/4 x 15 1/4 in.) Promised Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art 35.4 x 35.7 cm (13 15/16 x 14 1/16 in.) And that’s what excites me most.”, Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989) Many thankx to The J. Paul Getty Museum for allowing me to publish the photographs in the posting. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989) (50.32 x 47.47 cm) Gelatin silver print Gelatin silver print I’ve included it in a small way because that exhibition not only represents a highpoint in Mapplethorpe’s career, but the controversy it engendered puts his sex pictures in a historical context,” says Paul Martineau. The LACMA exhibition is curated by Britt Salvesen, Department Head and Curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and the Department of Prints and Drawings at LACMA. He explores the effects of light as a painter might experiment with a palette of colours. Mixed media print 1985 Gelatin silver print She touches the ribbon around her neck with long fingers cupped near her heart – a shy gesture and nod to the garb of the 19th-century Romantic poets she admires. Drawn to photography, Mapplethorpe got a Hasselblad medium-format camera and began taking pictures of his friends and acquaintances—artists, musicians, socialites, pornographic film stars, and members of the gay S & M underground. 49 x 49 cm (19 5/16 x 19 5/16 in.) His imagination transformed and energised what some had considered a stale genre. Mapplethorpe’s work, whether in his fashion or fine art photography, is distinguished by a tension between opposites. Saturday 10am – 9pm Lisa Lyon In a historic collaboration, the two institutions will trace the artist’s working methods and materials, presenting the improvisational, experimental aspects of his practice alongside the refined perfection of his prints. 1988 These exhibitions will provide the most comprehensive and intimate survey of Mapplethorpe’s work ever seen.”. 19.5 x 19.5 cm (7 11/16 x 7 11/16 in.) Lisa Lyon © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989) Flower Arrangement Taken together, the portfolios summarise his ambitions as a fine-art photographer and contemporary artist. 20 11/16 x 26 in. Lisa Lyon. Gelatin silver print 40 x 38.5 cm (15 3/4 x 15 3/16 in.) For example, record executives, concerned that Smith with her lack of makeup and messy hair wasn’t conventionally pretty enough to sell records like other “girl singers,” wanted to airbrush this image. 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