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Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium | LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Date(s) - 03/20/2016 - 07/31/2016
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Los Angeles County Museum of Art


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Robert Mapplethorpe’s practice as an artist was characterized by inherent dualities. He sought what he called “perfection in form” in everything from acts of sexual fetishism to the elegant contours of flower petals. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium 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. The exhibition also highlights the artist’s relationship to New York’s sexual and artistic undergrounds, as well as his experimentation with a variety of media.

Also on view, the exhibition Physical: Sex and the Body in the 1980s presents a focused installation of work by other artists drawn from LACMA’s permanent collection that helps place Mapplethorpe in conversation with the art of the 1980s.

The J. Paul Getty Museum is presenting a companion exhibition exploring Mapplethorpe’s disciplined studio practice and his fascination with classical form and the fine photographic print.

This is a specially ticketed exhibition. Join now to see it free.

This exhibition contains sexually explicit content that may not be suitable for all audiences.

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