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Image above: Robert Mapplethorpe Self-portrait 1980, jointly acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The J Paul Getty Trust; partial gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, partial purchase with funds provided by The J Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
Banner image: Robert Mapplethorpe : Lisa Lyon 1981
Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and to The J Paul Getty Trust.  © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946 – 1989) was one  of the most renowned photographers of the 20th century.  The Art Gallery of NSW is currently exhibiting  Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium .  This exhibition is an extensive look at the evolution and themes of Mapplethorpe’s work.

Unfortunately much of the public perception of the artist’s legacy is related to his  photographing of the gay S & M scene and the controversy about public funding of controversial works.  This exhibition however, while not diminishing the power of those images, gives the viewer a more in depth look at other aspects of his output. Continue reading MAPPLETHORPE EXHIBITION: AGNSW