Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) became known for his focus on several subjects, from portraits to still lifes, from classical sculptures to contemporary nudes, some of which made him at least temporarily notorious.His most lasting legacy, however, is his portraiture, which reflects and embodies the New York cultural milieu of the late 1970s and the 1980s. Within his roster of clients can be found many of the most significant artists, art dealers, writers, musicians, designers, and actors of the period. This exhibition of approximately one hundred portraits, principally drawn from the holdings of the Mapplethorpe Foundation, includes images of William Burroughs, Truman Capote, Marianne Faithfull, David Hockney, Grace Jones, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Lisette Model, Alice Neel, Iggy Pop, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol.
This exhibition is organized by the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California, with the assistance of Guest Curator Gordon Baldwin. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Helene & Lou Galen Exhibition Fund and the Faye & Herman Sarkowsky Exhibition Fund.
Center for Creative Photography 11.07.2009-04.10.2009
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