It was in the summer of 1989 when Republican Senator Jesse Helms attacked Robert Mapplethorpe’s The Perfect Moment exhibition for its graphic s/m photos, causing the Corcoran Gallery to back out of its planned show (the 42-year-old Mapple-thorpe had died earlier that year). In honor of the 25th anniversary of that fearless body of work, Sean Kelly Gallery paired 54 of the artist’s black-and-white photos, playing on the theme “Saints and Sinners.” Patti Smith, bodybuilder Lisa Lyon, and Mapplethorpe himself are just a few of the fascinating subjects on display.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. Starts: Dec. 24. Continues through Jan. 25, 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 15, 2014