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'Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ' – Oct. 21, 2012–March 24, 2013

‘Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ’ – Oct. 21, 2012–March 24, 2013

The late Robert Mapplethorpe is having quite the Los Angeles moment.  At LACMA through March is an exhibition of photographs from his X, Y and Z portfolios: 39 black-and-white photographs that explore three different subject matters: homosexual sadomasochistic imagery, flower still lifes, and nude portraits of African American men.  Mapplethorpe’s work is prolific and provocative as well as playing a key part in the American culture.

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Mapplethorpe work from the early 1970s through the late 1980s is being shown Oct. 23–March 24.   The collection includes some rarely seen mixed media pieces.

In 2011, LACMA and the Getty jointly acquired some 2,000 photographs and 120,000 negatives from the Mapplethorpe Foundation, which the artist established in 1988, the year before his AIDS-related death.

Caption: Robert Mapplethorpe’s “Alistair Butler, N.Y.C.” (1980) from the Z portfolio. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Jointly acquired by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Partial gift of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; partial purchase with funds by the David Geffen Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Trust. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

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