___________ Art-wise, 2016 was a good year for Los Angeles. LACMA presented the blockbuster exhibition, New Objectivity: Modern
Swimming With Fidel: The Toils Of An Accidental Journalist, available on Kindle, with free excerpts here, and in print version
I created this now viral meme on the morning of the Orlando shootings. I had been studying the Mapplethorpe photo for a week
Raymond Pettibon No Title (I stole my sister boyfriend), 1984 Original artwork used for Sonic Youthss album "Goo" in 1990
Patti Smith gently rocked the Getty Center Saturday, April 30, performing two acoustic shows in honor of her "life-long friend" Robert Mapplethorpe, whose poignant artworks and photographs are on exhibit there and at LACMA through July 31.
As a product of the 70s and 80s, I'm thrilled to have been asked to develop ArtBites classes around both exhibits even though food isn't exactly a topic featured in Mapplethorpe's work. At least not literally.
RuPaul: Drag is an expression of your imagination. If you can dream it, you can become it. It's as simple - and as infinite
The subtitle of the unflinching documentary, Robert Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, comes from Senator Jesse Helms, enemy
He was fearless. He unapologetically offered up his entire life in his work. His obsession with sex. His fascination with sin. His love of flowers. Whatever he experienced, he put into his photographs for the viewer to accept or reject.
If one has the time to explore the dual-monolithic exhibits one will be consumed by a monotone sensuality of muscular flesh