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Robert Mapplethorpe
the perfect medium

Robert Mapplethorpe Self-portrait 1980, Promised gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to The J Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

Explores the work of one of the most influential visual artists of late 20th-century America

In a practice that was characterised by inherent dualities yet propelled by a coherent vision, Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-89) sought what he called ‘perfection in form’ in everything from acts of sexual fetishism to the elegant contours of flower petals.

This exhibition presents an extraordinary selection of his photographs from floral still lifes and rare colour photographs to portraits, figure studies and his controversial erotic imagery that charted his involvement in New York’s gay scene.

Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium is organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and J Paul Getty Museum, in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and the Art Gallery of NSW. Support for the exhibition and its international tour has been provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Note: this exhibition contains sexually explicit imagery

Terra Foundation

28 Oct 2017 – 18 Feb 2018

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$18 adult
$16 concession
$14 member
$44 family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
$8 child (5-17 years)
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Note: this exhibition contains sexually explicit imagery

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