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Thomas, negative 1987; print 1994. Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946–1989). Gelatin silver print. Jointly acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with funds provided by The David Geffen Foundation, and The J. Paul Getty Trust. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
October 23, 2012–March 24, 2013

A tastemaker and provocateur, Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946–1989) ranks as one of the great photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. His highly stylized explorations of gender, race, and sexuality became hallmarks of the period and exerted a powerful influence on his contemporaries. Arranged chronologically, this one-gallery exhibition presents works—from his early mixed-media objects to his photographic portraits, nudes, and still lifes—that were jointly acquired in 2011 by the Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York City.

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          In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe (Press Release)

          In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe (Available Images)

          In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe (Illustrated Checklist) 


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