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Congress were upset when the works were revealed to them, due to the homoerotic and sadomasochistic themes of some of the work.
Look at the Pictures". Though much of his work throughout his career had been regularly displayed in publicly funded exhibitions, conservative and religious organizations, such as the American Family Associationseized on this exhibition to vocally oppose government support for what they called "nothing more than the sensational presentation of potentially obscene material. In he met art curator Sam Wagstaff who would become his mentor and lifetime companion. Ads by Traffic Junky. So, at Pratt Institute, where his father had studied Engineering and Robert majored in Graphic Arts but stopped short of getting a degree They were found not guilty by a jury. Inthe University of Central England was involved in a controversy when a book by Mapplethorpe was confiscated.
Smith was a longtime roommate of Mapplethorpe and a frequent subject in his photography, including a stark, iconic photograph that appears on the cover of Smith's first album, Horses. In the mids Wagstaff acquired a Hasselblad medium-format camera and Mapplethorpe began taking photographs of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, including artists, composers, and socialites. Who decides what is "obscene" or "offensive" in public exhibitions? His work featured an array of subjects, including celebrity portraits, male and female nudesself-portraits and still-life images of flowers. Please enter a comment. The police confiscated the library book from the student and informed the university that the book would have to be destroyed.