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Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures

  • Directed by Fenton Bailey
  • United States, 2015, 108 mins., English

“Look at the pictures.” With these words, Senator Jesse Helms denounced the work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Twenty-five years later, the first and most complete documentary about the artist since his death does just that, with unprecedented, unlimited access to his archives and work. The examination of his outrageous life is led by the artist himself, speaking with brutal honesty in a series of rediscovered interviews about his passions. Intimate revelations from friends, family, and lovers shed new light on this scandalous artist who ignited a culture war that still rages on.

Appears in: On Art and Artists

Genres: Documentary