Thursday, December 7, 2017

Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe wasn't known for his rock star photography, nonetheless several iconic photos are a part his canon. Mapplethorpe left a legacy of thousands of beautiful photographs of faces, flowers and fetishes when he died of Aids on 9 March 1989 at the age of 42. He assaulted American concepts of race, sex, gender and morality, and spent his short life on trial, anti-gay legislation making him a sexual outlaw. His work ran through gauntlets of homophobia to hang today in such international sanctuaries as the Tate in Britain, and the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. In 1990, at the height of American hysteria over AIDS, a witch hunt in Cincinnati put seven of his photos on trial, aiming to "sort art from obscenity." Robert's photos won the battle, if not the war.