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Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Posted in Art Museums, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on November 30, 2012
Photo copyright by Robert Mapplethorpe foundation

Photo copyright by Robert Mapplethorpe foundation

 

Photo copyright by Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Photo copyright by Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

 

Photo copyright by Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Photo copyright by Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

 

 

Photo copyright by Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Photo copyright by Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

 

I posted a blog entry about the Mapplethorpe exhibition at  the Getty Museum a few days ago. Well, there is a second Mapplethorpe exhibition in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

 

The X, Y, and Z Portfolios (published in 1978, 1978, and 1981, respectively) by American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) summarize Mapplethorpe’s ambitions as a fine-art photographer and contemporary artist, reflecting the tripartite division of his mature work: homosexual sadomasochistic imagery (X); floral still lifes (Y); and nude portraits of African-American men (Z). Mapplethorpe’s work has consistently provoked strong reactions, notably during the so-called Culture Wars of the 1980s. The exhibition is an  opportunity to assess Mapplethorpe’s confrontational photographs—with their paradoxical mix of classicizing, austere form and raw, uninhibited content—through three series that defined not only his artistic career, but also a moment in American cultural politics. The exhibition, together with the Getty Museum’s concurrent In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe, celebrates the landmark joint acquisition, in 2011, of the Robert Mapplethorpe Archive by LACMA, the Getty Museum, and the Getty Research Institute.

 

This exhibition runs October 21, 2012–March 24, 2013

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90036
Phone:  323 857-6000
publicinfo@lacma.org

 

By Jim McKinniss

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