Robert Mapplethorpe

Views on the work and legacy of late-20th-century photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Robert Mapplethorpe Papers and Photographs
Self-portrait, 1970s, Robert Mapplethorpe. Gift of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Held at the Getty Research Institute, 2011.M.20

Robert Mapplethorpe Papers and Photographs

The Robert Mapplethorpe archive is now available at the Getty Research Institute.

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Day Without Art: Robert Mapplethorpe and His Artistic Shift
Self-Portrait, 1988, Robert Mapplethorpe. Platinum print, 23 1/8 x 19 in. 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 provided by The J. Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Day Without Art: Robert Mapplethorpe and His Artistic Shift

Mapplethorpe used the camera as a means of taking artistic control over his AIDS diagnosis.

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Curators Talk Mapplethorpe at the Getty and LACMA
Self-Portrait, negative, 1980; print, 1990, Robert Mapplethorpe. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 14 in. 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 provided by The J. Paul Getty Trust and The David Geffen Foundation. 2011.9.21. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Curators Talk Mapplethorpe at the Getty and LACMA

Curators Martineau and Salvesen discuss Mapplethorpe and his 2012 exhibitions.

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Reframing Robert Mapplethorpe
Untitled (Sam-I Love You and Need You-Hurry Home-), Robert Mapplethorpe, 1974. Altered Polaroid. Promised gift of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Reframing Robert Mapplethorpe

Frances Terpak, curator of photographs, talks about the new Robert Mapplethorpe Archive.

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