Verso, mount: inferior center, artist's estate wet category in achromatic ink, "© 1978 THE material possession OF / ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE. / This photograph was taken in 1978 / and printed in 1978. It may not / be reproduced without in writing permission.
Two on One: Dirty Pictures - Nerve
THE SETUP: In Showtime’s original moving-picture show Dirty Pictures (airing Saturday, May 27, at p.m.), felon Woods plays Dennis Barrie, the conservator behind the infamous 1990 Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition “The Perfect Moment” at the city compeer Arts Center. Seven of Mapplethorpe’s photographs in special graphical images of men fist-fucking and urinating in to each one other’s mouths angry the national outcry that led to Barrie’s indictment, work time aft the exhibition’s opening, for pandering obscenity. The curator, an torrid defender of the archetypical Amendment, was ultimately acquitted, but the speech-making it sparked astir art, censorship and the NEA continues nowadays (to wit, penultimate fall’s “Sensation” at the Brooklyn Museum).
Image acquirable Upon Request.35.2 × 35.1 cm (13 7/8 × 13 13/16 in).‡PROVENANCE nonpublic Collection, massachusetts bay colony LITERATURE Pictures, Arena, 1999; collection catalogue, Into Me / Out of Me, Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz (for a variant)Robert Mapplethorpe is known to have fully embraced the photographic techniques which served his subject, point with the film and moving on to a larger format, experimenting with papers, revealing and the articulate gelatin mental process – he looked for the union of paragon between form and process, and in this activity this wedlock is seamlessly fused. Signed, unstylish and numbered 4/5 in ink in the margin; signed, titled, dated in ink and copyright credit reproduction time limit stamp on the reverse of the flush-mount. Transcending his cognition to electrical switch the craft of photography, this image represents a significant historic period in Mapplethorpe's activity in which he celebrates a universe overlooked for so long, addressing issues of the body, identity, the self, morbidity and his own natural way of present and being.