Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium

One of the modern art world’s most celebrated and controversial photographers is coming to the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Opening at the Art Gallery of New South Wales on October 27 and running until March 4, 2018, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium will showcase a selection of the provocative photographer’s works.

Former lover and friend of rock punk poet Patti Smith and documenter of the hidden lives of New York’s queer scene in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, Robert Mapplethorpe is an icon of the art scene.

Mapplethorpe was known for his search for the “perfection of form”, whether this was in the shape of a flower, the lines and shadows of a portrait or even the erotic and quite often confronting sexuality of his subjects.

He was a star who photographed other stars, with many of the world’s biggest celebrities lining up to have their picture taken by him: Debbie Harry, Isabella Rossellini, Philip Glass and fellow artists Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol.

This comprehensive survey of Robert Mapplethorpe’s career features over 200 works, including floral still lifes, portraits, figure studies and erotic imagery – much of which makes this exhibition very much an 18+ show – showing the breadth and scope of Mapplethorpe’s talent and passions.

Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium celebrates one of the most renowned photographers of the 20th century, an artist who understood the medium’s ability to alter perceptions and push boundaries.

 

For more information, including ticketing, head to the official Art Gallery of New South Wales website.

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium opens on October 27.

artgallerynsw.com.au

 

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