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Invasion of nudity: a mini-festival of Robert Mapplethorpe

February 15 2005

"My attitude to photographing a flower is not particularly different from what I photograph as a member. The difference is not great "
Robert Mapplethorpe

In the Moscow House of Photography and the Stella Art Gallery exhibitions at the same time the American artist Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989). "Extravagant," "audacious," "eccentric," "pervert" - are some of the "duty" adjectives, which usually give Mapplethorpe, purchased with his notoriety mostly photographs of nudes. As you would expect of a cult figure, "the era of sex, drugs and rock and roll", Mapplethorpe was an ardent clubbers, gay and died of AIDS.

Moscow exhibitions offer two options for familiarizing creativity Mapplethorpe: shy and cheeky, erotic, pornographic. If the House photo viewer still allowed to choose between the genitals of black models and graphics Mannerist 16 th century, the Stella Art will be difficult to maintain composure even worldly-wise sex maniac. Pictures of an erect limbs, buttocks and dark sadomasochistic torment will not torment the imagination of the visitor one night. Although why torturing ...

In our age of tired, damaged silicone and pornography network, the work presented Meppltorna high art. Now it is difficult to understand what merit Mapplethorpe is that he opened up the human body, allowing it to be natural and free. For Mapplethorpe, there are no barriers or restrictions. In his photographs it is easy to combine male and female, black and white body, are reflected homosexual and sadomasochistic acts.

However, the photographic work of Mapplethorpe are unquestionable works of art, which maintain continuity in relation to classical models. Someone of his "image" may even seem too static and intelligent. Still, after his ideal - a sculpture by Rodin and Michelangelo. Nevertheless, the special characteristic of Mapplethorpe photographs erotic dynamics and expressiveness.

Not surprisingly, another fad Mapplethorpe, in addition to photography woven of human bodies were portraits and flowers. He shot not only well-known bodybuilders (Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lisa Lyon, Lydia Cheng) and dancers (Bill T. Jones, Lucinda Childs), but such iconic personalities as Andy Warhol and Iggy Pop. As for colors, then, after looking carefully to all of these lilies and Calle, one can easily guess them all the same "Fallot-vaginal theme, though in a symbolic form.

In general, anyone who gathers the herbarium personal collection of Freudian impressions, recall that the exhibition at the House of Photography runs until March 10, and Stella Art - to 30-th. In the latter case, do not forget your passport - minors entrance booked!

Igor ROMs


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