Following its landmark exhibition on Robert Mapplethorpe earlier this year, the Guggenheim is now preparing a second installment that spotlights progressive works by six of the most controversial artists of the late 20th century. The boundary-pushing list of artists includes Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Lyle Ashton Harris, Glenn Ligon, Zanele Muholi, Catherine Opie, and Paul Mpagi. To be included in the monumental presentation is a selection of early Polaroids, nude portraits, and archival photos of the S&M scene in New York that were all captured by Mapplethorpe. Altogether, the show celebrates each artists’ exploration of self-identity at an era where their works were largely considered taboo.
“Thirty years after the artist’s death in 1989, ‘Implicit Tensions’ demonstrates the impact of Mapplethorpe both as a catalyst of the development of the Guggenheim’s photography collection and as a touchstone for artists working in contemporary portraiture and self-representation,” said the institute in a press statement.
“Implicit Tensions” will be on view through July 24 to January 5, 2020. Visit the Guggenheim’s website for further information.
For more must-see exhibitions, take a look at Sam Friedman’s new landscape paintings to go on display at Dio Horia in Greece as part of an exhibition entitled “Days of Kindness.”
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#MapplethorpeMondays—did you know that Robert Mapplethorpe did not intend to become a photographer? However, after he was given Polaroid and Hasselblad cameras by friends and mentors, he began taking pictures and came to see the possibilities offered by the medium’s immediacy, eventually becoming convinced that “photography maybe could be art.” Don’t miss part one of our Mapplethorpe exhibition, closing on July 10! Explore over 80 works from the Guggenheim’s rich collection of Mapplethorpe holdings. Plan your visit at guggenheim.org/mapplethorpe. __ Image: “Arnold Schwarzenegger” (1976) #Guggenheim #Mapplethorpe
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