Robert Mapplethorpe is arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Mapplethorpe discovered himself both sexually and
artistically in New York City throughout the 70 s and 80 s. The film
explores Mapplethorpe s life from moments before he and Patti Smith
moved into the famed Chelsea hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic.
Here he begins photographing its inhabitants and his new found circle of
friends including artists and musicians, socialites, film stars, and
members of the S&M underground Mapplethorpe s work displayed
eroticism in a way that had never been examined nor displayed before to
the public. The film explores the intersection of his art and his
sexuality along with his struggle for mainstream recognition.
MAPPLETHORPE offers a nuanced portrait of an artist at the height of his
craft and of the self-destructive impulses that threaten to undermine
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