The J. Paul Getty Museum

Helmut and Brooks, N.Y.C.

Object Details

Title:

Helmut and Brooks, N.Y.C.

Artist/Maker:

Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946 - 1989)

Culture:

American

Place:

New York, New York, United States (Place Created)

Date:

1978

Medium:

Selenium toned gelatin silver print

Object Number:

2011.9.41.10

Dimensions:

19.5 × 19.5 cm (7 11/16 × 7 11/16 in.)

Copyright:

© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Credit Line:

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

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Object Description

Close-up of male buttocks with another male's hand and forearm inserted in rectum.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ (October 21, 2012 to March 24, 2013)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), October 21, 2012 to March 24, 2013
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium (March 15 to July 31, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 15 to July 31, 2016
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium (September 10, 2016 to March 4, 2018)
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montréal), September 10, 2016 to January 22, 2017
  • Kunsthal Rotterdam, April 22 to August 27, 2017
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), October 28, 2017 to March 4, 2018
Bibliography
Bibliography

Storr, Robert. "Art, Censorship, and the First Amendment: This Is Not a Test." Art Journal 50, no. 3 (Autumn 1991), pp. 12-28, fig. 7.

Danto, Arthur C. Mapplethorpe (New York: Random House, 1992), pl. 112.

Levas, Dimitri, ed. Pictures: Robert Mapplethorpe (Santa Fe: Arena Editions; New York: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 1999), unpaginated.

Biesenbach, Klaus, ed. Into Me/Out of Me, exh. cat. (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2007), p. 308.