ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE: THE PERFECT MEDIUM



  • The Getty Center (map)
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA, 90049
  • United States

Paul Martineau, associate curator of photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery tour of the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Entrance Hall.

Robert Mapplethorpe is among the most influential visual artists of the late twentieth century. This major retrospective exhibition reexamines the arc of his photographic work from its humble beginnings in the early 1970s to the culture wars of the 1990s. Featuring portraits, nudes, still lifes, and the controver- sial X Portfolio, the exhibition explores Map- plethorpe’s studio practice and the creation of his foundation, which has shepherded his legacy into the 21st century.

Drawn from the landmark acquisition from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, two complementary presentations, one at the J. Paul Getty Museum and another at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, highlight different aspects of the artist’s complex oeuvre. 

Image © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation