This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator Britt Salvesen and artist Catherine Opie on the occasion of LACMA’s presentation of three Robert Mapplethorpe portfolios: The ‘X Portfolio,’ which features sadomasochistic imagery; the ‘Y Portfolio’ of floral still-lifes and the ‘Z Portfolio’ of nude portraits African-American men.
This classic Mapplethorpe, titled Brian Ridley and Lyle Heeter (1979), isn’t in the X, Y or Z Portfolio and thus isn’t in LACMA’s show. It was included in a 2004 exhibition Opie selected from the holdings of the Mapplethorpe Foundation. On this week’s MAN Podcast, Opie and I discussed why she included it in her show (it was the only ‘famous’ Mapplethorpe she picked) and how it has helped inform her work.
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