Lisa Lyon, Robert Mapplethorpe, 1982. Promised Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. © The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Mapplethorpe's Extravagance


Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Robert Mapplethorpe combined a sense of luxuriant decoration with cosmopolitan, cutting-edge sexuality. Richard Meyer, professor of art history at Stanford, links Mapplethorpe's extravagance to the flamboyant visual pleasures of the physique magazines on which his earliest work drew, the photographs he and Sam Wagstaff collected, and the posh interior of his Manhattan loft.

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