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Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits (exhibit)


[detail] Robert Mapplethorpe, Isabella Rosellini, 1975. Gelatin silver print. Copyright Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
[detail] Robert Mapplethorpe, Isabella Rosellini, 1975. Gelatin silver print. Copyright Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

Dates: July 11, 2009 - October 4, 2009

Location:   Center for Creative Photography

Cost: Free

Description:

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) became known for his focus on several subjects, from portraits to still lifes, from classical sculptures to contemporary nudes, some of which made him at least temporarily notorious. His most lasting legacy, however, is his portraiture, which reflects and embodies the New York cultural milieu of the late 1970s and the 1980s. Within his roster of clients can be found many of the most significant artists, art dealers, writers, musicians, designers, and actors of the period.

This exhibition of one hundred and four portraits, principally drawn from the holdings of the Mapplethorpe Foundation, includes images of William Burroughs, Truman Capote, Marianne Faithfull, David Hockney, Grace Jones, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Lisette Model, Alice Neel, Iggy Pop, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol.  This exhibition is organized by the Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California, with the assistance of Guest Curator Gordon Baldwin and is sponsored in part by the Helene & Lou Galen Exhibition Fund and the Faye & Herman Sarkowsky Exhibition Fund.

Related events:

Gallery Walk  Wednesday, September 9th, 5:30 p.m.
Join Gordon Baldwin, exhibition curator and author of the catalogue essay for Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits.

Lecture Wednesday, September 23, 5:30 p.m.
Working with Mapplethorpe
Photographer Brian English, Mapplethorpe's former studio assistant, will discuss the artist and his practice.

Artist's Talk
Friday, October 2, 5:30 p.m.
Los Angeles-based artist Malerie Marder creates vivid color photographs relating to the time-honored genre of the nude study, made contemporary through a disquieting psychological charge.

For more information, please visit http://www.creativephotography.org/