• Fragment uitMapplethorpe - Look At The Pictures
  • Fragment uitMapplethorpe - Look At The Pictures
  • Fragment uitMapplethorpe - Look At The Pictures
  • Fragment uitMapplethorpe - Look At The Pictures
  • Fragment uitMapplethorpe - Look At The Pictures
Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato, 2016 108 minutes USA, Germany English 22 March 2017 no subtitles

The only thing more controversial than the work of world-famous New York homoerotic photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) was his life. This is a portrait of an artist who elevated contemporary photography to fine art, unleashing a cultural conflict that continues to rage.

The documentary's title is derived from a call by an outraged homophobic U.S. senator named Jesse Helms, who went to court to get a Mapplethorpe exhibition closed down in 1989. We follow curators from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as they prepare a parallel retrospective of Mapplethorpe's work. Their observations on sexuality, portraits, self-portraits and floral still lives form the framework for a biography of the artist that includes interviews with members of Mapplethorpe's family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, models, lovers, art critics and collectors.