INTRODUCTION

Explore Robert Mapplethorpe’s work on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum (March 15–July 31, 2016) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (March 20–July 31, 2016). Read more+ Select each of the eight themes above to learn more about Mapplethorpe’s artistry.

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AT THE GETTY CENTER

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE

The Perfect Medium

March 15–July 31, 2016

This major retrospective exhibition reexamines the arc of Mapplethorpe’s photographic work from its humble beginnings in the early 1970s to the culture wars of the 1990s.

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AT LACMA

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE

The Perfect Medium

March 20–July 31, 2016

This exhibition explores Mapplethorpe's body of work through early drawings, collages, sculptures, and Polaroid photography; materials from his archive; portraits, still lifes, and figure studies; rare color photographs; and two seldom-seen moving image works.

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The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Robert Mapplethorpe established the not-for-profit Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation on May 27, 1988, some ten months before his death, to protect his work, advance his creative vision, and promote the causes he cared about.

All images on this website are © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

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Discover more about Robert Mapplethorpe and his work at www.getty.edu.

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