Robert Mapplethorpe, American, 1946-1989. Gelatin silver print. Jointly acquired by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with funds provided by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation, 2011.7.19 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
Due this March from the J. Paul Getty Museum and coinciding with a two-venue museum retrospective is Robert Mapplethorpe: The Photographs by Paul Martineau and Britt Salvesen. Drawing from the extraordinary collection jointly acquired in 2011 by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation as well as the Mapplethorpe Archive housed at the Getty Research Institute, the authors were given the opportunity to explore new resources and present fresh perspectives.
This publication is issued on the occasion of the exhibition "Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium," on view at both the J. Paul Getty Museum and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from March 15 and March 20, respectively, through July 31; at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal from September 10 through January 15, 2017; and at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, from October 28, 2017, through February 4, 2018.
Additionally, during the run of "Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium" the Getty Museum's Center for Photographs will also feature the exhibition "The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs." Sam Wagstaff's impressive collection of photographs that was acquired by the Getty Museum in 1984 is one of the cores of the collection of the Department of Photographs. This exhibition and accompanying publication of the same name is an opportunity to focus on Wagstaff's collection and his role as one of the most important patrons and collectors of photography.