The Weekend Australian - Review - - Photography - Tough and Ten­der


‘BKatja eauty and the devil,” said Robert Map­plethorpe, “are the same thing.” The Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­pher was fa­mously ob­sessed with the phys­i­cal aes­thetic and its role within con­tem­po­rary cul­ture, and his trade­mark mono­chrome im­ages re­main some of the most po­tent and beau­ti­fully ren­dered ex­am­ples of youth and mas­culin­ity in the artis­tic canon. A se­lec­tion of Map­plethorpe’s work fea­tures in Tough and Ten­der, an ex­hi­bi­tion at Can­berra’s Na­tional Por­trait Gallery fo­cus­ing on youth and the no­tion of gen­der. “Map­pel­horpe’s pho­tos thrill to the sen­sa­tion of smooth skin,” says cu­ra­tor Christo­pher Chap­man. The ex­hi­bi­tion shows the work of in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned photographers in­clud­ing Larry Clark, Col­lier Schorr, Nan Goldin and Chris Bur­den along­side Aus­tralian artists War­wick Baker and Roza­lind Drum­mond.

“We see boy hus­tlers act­ing tough in Larry Clark’s pho­tos but we know they re­ally crave pro­tec­tion and love,” says Chap­man. “These im­ages show that when you re­veal your deep­est feel­ings, there’s al­ways the risk of a bro­ken heart.” un­til Oc­to­ber 16. runs at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery

(2015) by War­wick Baker

(1980) by Robert Map­plethorpe;

(1983) by Nan Goldin; (1979) by Clark; (2016) by Roza­lind Drum­mond; Hugh (2015) by War­wick Baker; James Ford (1979) by Robert Map­plethorpe; Beno (2016) by Baker

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