The X, Y, and Z Portfolios (published in 1978, 1978, and 1981
Ahmanson, Level 2 October 21, 2012–March 24, 2013
The legendary photographer is the focus of a joint exhibition at two major Los Angeles museums.
LACMA shows three of the photographer's early portfolios, XYZ.
(X consists of several X-rated images and self-portraits; Y, the floral pictures; and Z, images of black males.)
The small, high-contrast photographs are organized in three vertical rows—how Mapplethorpe originally preferred they be displayed.
"Seeing them together proves Mapplethorpe's point:
He always said that he approached every subject the same, whether it was a sex picture, a flower picture, or a portrait,"
Says Britt Salvesen, curator and department head of LACMA's Wallis Annenberg Photography Department.
The Getty exhibition, on the other hand, offers a sampling of Mapplethorpe's work, (and fittingly emphasizes many of his classical nudes).
There are several mixed-media objects, polaroid prints , still lifes, and portraits—all organized chronologically, to illustrate the way the photographer's work evolved over the years
The installation of The Perfect Moment in Cincinnati resulted in the unsuccessful prosecution of the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati and its director, Dennis Barrie.
This exhibit is not for the faint.
This is very controverial imaging even today,
The Wallis Annenberg Photography Department has holdings of more than fifteen thousand works that span the period from the medium's invention in 1839 to the present.
In addition to gelatin-silver prints and chromogenic-
development prints, the collection includes examples of nineteenth-century cased images; twentieth-century experimental processes; contemporary color images; and images that are created, manipulated, and/or printed digitally.
Most recently, over 3,500 works from the Marjorie and Leonard Vernon collection were added to the museum’s holdings.
I will be keeping the number smaller for this one.
I saw the work years ago in Mike Kellys collection.
Not all of it is controversial, but the images that are should be viewed in terms of lighting and photographic technique rather than from any moralistic framing.
If you have any problems with human sexuality or nudity ... please do not sign up for this one... I dont want to hear about it later.
And if you have have moral objections to the group seeing this ,,, I dont want to hear about it now...
I am a photographer not a priest or moral ethicist.
I don't make those kinds of judgement and have no interest in them..
As an artist keep your eyes open and expose yourself to everything.. (end of lecture)