Robert Mapplethorpe

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Censorship

'Museum directors have lost panache and grit': 30 years on, the legacy of the Corcoran's Robert Mapplethorpe cancellation

New exhibition at the George Washington University looks back the censorship of the photographer's work—but what impact did it have on the art world?

Podcast

Mapplethorpe at the Guggenheim, Bill Viola at the Royal Academy

We talk to the people behind major exhibitions on both sides of the Atlantic. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Censorship

Wolfgang Tillmans and Tania Bruguera pledge support for censored Serralves Museum director

João Ribas has stepped down following censorship row around Robert Mapplethorpe show

Review
Media & broadcast

Mapplethorpe feature film includes plenty of titillation and drama but not enough of the man himself

The film premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, along with several other art-related films

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Exhibitions

All the city's a stage: Munich celebrates Goethe's Faust with group show and festival

Exhibition commemorating German play includes works by Eugène Delacroix, Robert Mapplethorpe and Martin Scorsese

Blog
In the frame

Matt Smith on playing Mapplethorpe: “Who knew that pictures of penises were so utterly compelling?”

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Robert Mapplethorpe

Auction record for Mapplethorpe as Christie's introduces two new sales

Photographer took self-portrait a year before he died in 1989

Archive
Artist interview

Interview with Patti Smith: "I look at Jeff Koons’s stuff and I’m appalled”

The veteran rocker discusses the artists who inspire her, those who do not, and what drives her photography

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

LGBT photography collection grows at the Guggenheim

A large archive of George Platt Lynes photographs, including portraits, fashion shots and homo-erotic studies, joins the Mapplethorpe bequest

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Films

Art on Screen from “Lust for Life” to “I Shot Andy Warhol”

David D’Arcy reviews the rash of films about art and artists now being made in the US

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Censorship

Here we go again: books of Mapplethorpe photographs banned from sale at the V&A and Harrods

The episode had overtones of "An American were-wolf in London"

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Censorship

Jane Kallir mounts timely investigation into censorship of modern art

Exhibition gives historical context to denunciation of Mapplethorpe and Serrano