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The Getty Center in Los Angeles are showing photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe in the exhibition “In Focus”, open from 23rd October 2012 to 24th March 2013. A trendsetting artist and provocateur, Mapplethorpe ranks as one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century. The exhibition encompasses displays of his early mixed-media objects as well as portraits, nudes and still lifes.

As a student, Robert Mapplethorp met, and fell in love with, the then-unknown Patti Smith. He became known to a wider audience during the eighties, portaying celebrities such as Andy Wahrhol, Peter Gabriel, and, of course, Patti Smith. His work includes scandalous nude portraits – which were a regular cause for public outrage. The artist’s excessive lifestyle involved drug use and an endless string of relationships with both men and women. Robert Mapplethorp died from HIV in 1989.  

Weitere Informationen unter: www.getty.edu

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