The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is presenting a year-long exhibition, conceived in two sequential parts, honoring the groundbreaking work and sustained legacy of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989).“Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe” is on view in the museum’s Mapplethorpe Gallery on Tower Level 4 until July 10, 2019 and then again from July 24, 2019–January 5, 2020. The exhibit will feature approximately 200 photographs and unique objects from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. In the thirty years since his death, Robert Mapplethorpe has become a cultural icon. One of the most critically acclaimed and controversial American artists of the late twentieth century, Mapplethorpe is widely known for daring imagery that deliberately transgresses social mores, and for the censorship debates around his work in the United States during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Image courtesy of the Guggenheim.