THE LACMA (LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART ) PRESENTS THE RETROSPECTIVE “MAPPLETHORPE: THE PERFECT MEDIUM”
Robert Mapplethorpe’s career was characterized by inherent dualities. He sought what he called “perfection in form” in everything, from acts of sexual fetishism to the delicate contours of flower petals. The exhibition explores Mapplethorpe’s body of work through early drawings, collages, sculptures, and polaroids; materials from his archive; portraits, still lifes, and figure studies, rare color photographs and two moving image works. The exhibition also highlights the artist’s relationship to New York’s sexual and artistic undergrounds, as well as his experimentation with a variety of media.
Mapplethorpe’s floral still lifes that captures the beautiful blooms in all of their fragility and vivid power, represent the essence of the artist’s duplicity.
The close-ups are pervaded by an inherently sensual undertone, even form a scientific point of view: flowers attract bees to encourage pollination – they are to the plant world what lace negligées and fetish accessories are to the human. Moreover the provocative proximity with which Mapplethorpe captured shapes and colors attracts and fascinates the viewer on a compelling and decadent.
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium runs until July 31, 2016, at LACMA.