From October 23, 2012 through March 24, 2013 Robert Mapplethorpe’s highly stylized explorations of gender, race and sexuality will be on display at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe presents works, from his early mixed-media objects to portraits, nudes and still lifes, that were jointly acquired by the Getty Museum and LACMA from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York City.
Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946 – 1989) Patti Smith, negative 1975, Gelatin silver print. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Jointly acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with funds provided by The David Geffen Foundation, and The J. Paul Getty Trust. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.