Robert Mapplethorpe at LACMA in Los Angeles

Gallery, 21 October, 2012


Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ
at Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA
October 21, 2012 – February 3, 2013

This exhibition presents Robert Mapplethorpe's X, Y, and Z Portfolios (published in 1978, 1978, and 1981, respectively). Together, the 39 black-and-white photographs summarize Mapplethorpe’s ambitions as a fine-art photographer and contemporary artist, reflecting the tripartite division of his mature work: homosexual sadomasochistic imagery (in X); flower still lifes (Y); and nude portraits of African-American men (Z).

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