All posts tagged: Robert Mapplethorpe

Hello from the other side: An interview with the directors of the new Mapplethorpe documentary

“He always said, look at the picture,” says film director Fenton Bailey, jabbing his hands at an invisible print lying on his knees. “It’s not about the fist fucking or the golden shower or the whip. Look at the composition and look at the work.” Bailey and his directing partner, Randy Barbato recline in two, plush velvet armchairs at The Hospital Club’s Bellini Bar in Covent Garden. In a few hours, the filmmakers will be walking into the Curzon in Mayfair, for the premier screening of their new documentary, ‘Robert Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures’. The dynamic duo, known for their portfolio of shows with drag queens and divas at their centre, such as the contest RuPaul’s Drag Race, are also the documentarians behind Inside Deep Throat (2005),  Angelina: Saint or Sinner? (2005) and In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye (2012) to name but a few. When the pair were approached by Sheila Nevins from HBO, they were fascinated by her proposal, but did not anticipate the complexity and intense emotional demand of the film that …

2016-04-22T15:05:21+00:00

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium

Robert Mapplethorpe tried his hand at a startlingly extensive range of artistic forms over the course of his 20-year career – from sculpture and drawing to collage and construction – but it was photography, the most instantaneous and intimate of all those he employed, which he found best suited his needs. Now, following the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and neighbouring J Paul Getty Museum’s acquisition of the vast body of work he created in the 1970s and ’80s, the two institutions hold complementary retrospective presentations, together titled Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium (showing mid-March to the end of July) to highlight different aspects of his oeuvre. The show, which will tour to Montreal, Sydney and beyond, takes as its underlying theme the ‘inherent dualities’ that characterised Mapplethorpe’s practice, explains Britt Salvesen, LACMA’s head of photography and the curator of the exhibition. “He seemed to enjoy playing with those contrasts between his downtown reputation as a rebel and a provocateur, and his uptown reputation as a maker of beautiful society portraits and floral still lifes. We took that as a point …

2016-03-24T12:42:58+00:00

BJP #7845: The Icons Issue

What goes into creating an icon? Our latest issue scrutinises the muses, photographers and designers that go into creating unmistakable images that speak to the culture of the time – from early 20th century Soviet agitprop to a working-class lad from east London who somehow became one of the most recognisable faces on the planet. BRAND BECKHAM: THE MAKING OF A MODERN ICON “He makes it look so simple…but believe me, it is not.” – Graham Taylor “He is such a big celebrity, football is only a small part.” – Sir Alex Ferguson “It is rare a man can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear.” – President Barack Obama For most figures of popular culture, the acute gaze of the lens is part of the job – to be captured for public consumption, to create a personal iconography that relates to your art. We expect our musicians, our artists and our actors to transform themselves, we demand a visual flair. But from a midfielder from Leytonstone? Not …

2016-02-26T15:59:18+00:00

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