Robert Map­plethorpe The Atkin­son, South­port, to 23 Mar

The Guardian - The Guide - - Art -

This Artist Rooms ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers a raw and provoca­tive en­counter with Map­plethorpe’s dark beauty. This Car­avag­gio-es­que pho­tog­ra­pher of flesh and flow­ers changed the very idea of the cam­era as an artis­tic tool in 1980s New York when Cindy Sher­man and An­dres Ser­rano were also push­ing its bound­aries. For him, pho­tog­ra­phy is not a fac­tual record but a means of self-ex­pres­sion. Desire and feel­ing blaze in his im­ages. Jonathan Jones

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