A Colorful Portrait Of The Black And White Master

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato== New York Premiere of MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURE== Time Warner, NYC== March 22, 2016== ©Patrick McMullan== Photo - Paul Bruinooge/PMC== ==
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Robert Mapplethorpe, the virtuoso artist of stylized black and white photography, is having a moment. The Getty Center and LACMA are hosting a double exhibition of the largest Mapplethorpe survey, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, and now, for those who can’t make it to Los Angeles, there is a HBO documentary about the acclaimed man behind the lens as well.

On a balmy Tuesday evening, artists, family, and friends of Mapplethorpe came out to the Time Warner Center or the premiere of a film about the famed photographer, including his brother Edward Mapplethorpe, Nancy RooneyChloë Sevigny, Ryan McNamara, Mary Boone, Ryan McGinley, Sheila Nevins, Robin Byrd, Jack Wall and Parker Posey, Fenton Bailey, Sara Bernstein, Randy Barbato, and many more.

The film directed by the documentary filmmakers behind Inside Deep Throat, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, is a well-researched and extremely candid representation of the artist’s life. The film that deals with everything from AIDS in the 1980s to the risqué nature of Mapplethorpe’s many shots, gives audiences an insider look into the darker side of his life, as well as delights with witty snaps of the sense of humor he had. It is after all a man who posed with a bullwhip up his bum!

It is an homage worthy of its subject. The moviegoers will have a hard time finding a more captivating art film this season in movie theater.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, premieres Monday, April 4 on HBO.

Photos by Paul Bruinooge/PMC.


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