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Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment Paperback – October 2, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0884540465 ISBN-10: 0884540464 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Inst of Contemporary Art; 2 edition (October 2, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884540464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884540465
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,025,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 18, 2003
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Born in 1945, Robert Mapplethorpe studied drawing, painting and sculpture at the Pratt Institute--and then quickly evolved into one of his era's foremost photographers, first experimenting with found-photograph collages and Polaroid photography, but soon moving to significantly more sophisticated work in which he experimented with numerous photographic processes. Along the way, he also developed a very distinct style, an eye for shadow and light and ambiguity of material that lent his work an edge that was uniquely his own. Between 1973 and his death in 1989, Robert Mapplethorpe's work would appear in well over 200 one-man and group shows, many of them in highly prestigious museums and galleries, throughout America and Europe.

In spite of his considerable acclaim and influence in arts circles, Mapplethorpe remained largely unknown to the public at large--until the very eve of his death in 1988, when the Institute of Contemporary Art of the University of Philadelphia mounted a major overview of his work. Named "The Perfect Moment," the exhibition was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts--and when the exhibit arrived in Washington D.C. it provoked a firestorm of controversy. Led by such conservatives as Senator Jessie Helms and conservative religious leaders as the Rev. Wildemon, The Perfect Moment was roundly condemned, and the National Endowment for the Arts was attacked for having funded the exhibition in the first place. Ironically, in consequence of this condemnation, The Perfect Moment would go on to become one of the most seen and most profitable arts exhibitions in the history of the United States. And Robert Mapplethorpe would become a household word.

In some respects Mapplethorpe had always been a controversial artist.
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By David J. Pittenger on September 18, 2014
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