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Mapplethorpe

Art, Photography Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum , Upper East Side Until Monday July 1 2019
Robert Mapplethorpe, Self Portrait, 1980
Photograph: Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Few photographers have obtained the mythic stature of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989), whose style imparted an austere, almost brutal, beauty to controversial subject matter. Mapplethorpe’s large-format, black-and-white photos (produced, more often than not, within the controlled environs of a studio) reflected his life as a gay artist working in the Downtown demimonde of post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS new York—a period when the utopian promise of sexual liberation gave way to the fear of plague. Indeed, Mapplethorpe seemed to find a connection between eros and thanatos in almost all of his photos, from floral still-lives to homoerotic celebrations of the male body. Those images and more are recalled in this two-part retrospective marking the 30th anniversary of the his death.

Venue name: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Contact:
Address: 1071 Fifth Ave
New York
10128
Cross street: at 89th St
Opening hours: Mon, Wed–Fri, Sun 10am–5:30pm; Tue, Sat 10am–8pm
Transport: Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St
Event website: http://www.guggenheim.org
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