Mapplethorpe – idealne medium cz.2

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Tekst: Jansson J. Antmann w rozmowie z Isobel Parker Philip

Sydney, 2017 rok. Jeste┼Ťmy w Galerii Sztuki Nowej Po┼éudniowej Walii. Na dole Vermeer i Rembrandt, na g├│rze Robert Mapplethorpe. Organizowana przez Muzeum Sztuki Hrabstwa Los Angeles i Muzeum J Paul Getty we wsp├│┼épracy z Fundacj─ů Roberta Mapplethorpe’a i Galeri─ů Sztuki NSW wystawa jest jednym z najwi─Ökszych pokaz├│w prac artysty poza Stanami Zjednoczonymi. Wszystko tu jest. Jego portrety Patti Smith i Warhol, falliczne kwiaty i m─Öskie akty. Wed┼éug kuratorki Isobel Parker Philip, Mapplethorpe jest symbolem swojego czasu. W Nowym Jorku w 1970 r. by┼é enfant terrible, obalaj─ůc stereotypy zwi─ůzane z p┼éci─ů, gdy szuka┼é doskona┼éo┼Ťci przez obiektyw swojej kamery – swojego ÔÇ×idealnego mediumÔÇŁ. Parker Philip wyja┼Ťnia: ÔÇ×Mapplethorpe u┼╝y┼é tych s┼é├│w, poniewa┼╝ widzia┼é fotografi─Ö jako idealne medium w latach 70. i 80., kiedy wszystko porusza┼éo si─Ö tak szybkoÔÇŁ. Kiedy┼Ť kontrowersyjne, dzi┼Ť prace Mapplethorpe maj─ů ponadczasowe pi─Ökno. Kiedy zaczyna┼é, galerie na ca┼éym ┼Ťwiecie dopiero zacz─Ö┼éy w┼é─ůcza─ç fotografi─Ö do swoich zbior├│w. Dzi┼Ť jest ona niezaprzeczalnie sztuk─ů.

Wcze┼Ťniej w tym roku ogl─ůdali┼Ťmy wystaw─Ö ÔÇ×Andy Warhol przed PopemÔÇŁ. Podobie┼ästwa mi─Ödzy nim a Robertem Mapplethorpe s─ů wyra┼║ne. Obaj byli katolikami; obaj pracowali w bran┼╝y reklamowej; oboje lubili sztuczki i tworzyli dla siebie fa┼észywe osobowo┼Ťci; obaj byli celebrowanymi portrecistami; i obaj po┼╝─ůdali statusu celebryty. Parker Philip m├│wi: ÔÇ×Mapplethorpe upami─Ötni┼é otaczaj─ůcych go ludzi. Prezentowa┼é i celebrowa┼é swoje ┼╝ycie tak, jak ┼╝y┼éÔÇŁ.

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Part 2: Mapplethorpe ÔÇô the perfect medium

Sydney 2017. We are at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Downstairs, Vermeer and Rembrandt. Upstairs Robert Mapplethorpe. Organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and J Paul Getty Museum, in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and the Art Gallery of NSW, the exhibition is one of the biggest ever mounted outside the United States. His portraits of Patti Smith and Warhol, phallic flowers, and male nudes are here for all to see. Curator Isobel Parker Philip sees Mapplethorpe as being distinctly of his time. In 1970’s New York, he was the enfant terrible, subverting gender stereotypes as he sought to find perfection through the lens of his camera – his „perfect medium”. Curator of photography at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Isobel Parker Philip explains, „Mapplethorpe used these words because he saw photography as the perfect medium for the 1970s and the 80s when everything moved so fast.” Once controversial, today Mapplethorpe’s works have a timeless beauty. When he started out, galleries around the world were only just beginning to come to grips with the notion of including photography in their collections. Today they are art.

Earlier this year we looked at ÔÇśAndy Warhol Before PopÔÇÖ. The parallels between him and Robert Mapplethorpe are remarkable. Both were Catholic; both worked in the advertising industry; both enjoyed artifice and created fake personas for themselves; both were celebrated portraitists; and both coveted celebrity. As Parker Philip puts it, ÔÇťMapplethorpe memorialized the people around him. He showcased and celebrated his life as he lived itÔÇŁ.

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