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Robert Mapplethorpe, Lisa Lyon, 1982. Gelatin silver print, 20x16. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.
Robert Mapplethorpe, Lisa Lyon
Robert Mapplethorpe, Lisa Lyon, 1982. Gelatin silver print, 20x16. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.
Robert Mapplethorpe, Lisa Lyon
Robert Mapplethorpe, Strawberry, 1985. Gelatin silver print, 20x16. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.
Robert Mapplethorpe, Strawberry
2017 Featured Exhibition

Robert Mapplethorpe
Fluid Beauty

April 29–May 31, 2017
Olga Korper Gallery
17 Morrow Ave

Robert Mapplethorpe’s name is synonymous with boundary-breaking themes. His highly subversive portraits took the art world by storm in the eighties, addressing taboo issues of love, sex, the body, and homosexuality in a time when the AIDS epidemic swept across the globe, changing it forever. Over three decades later, Mapplethorpe’s photographs have proven as timeless as they were the day he snapped the shutter; still holding up a mirror to current issues of sex and gender in a political climate once again rife with changing conceptions of meaning, appearance, and acceptance.

Olga Korper Gallery’s seventh solo exhibition of Mapplethorpe’s work, Fluid Beauty, investigates the continued relevance that his photographs have in contemporary culture. In an age where notions of identity are being continuously asserted, challenged, and changed, the function and necessity of traditional gender roles has become a fervently argued debate. Fluid Beauty explores the strength of women and the vulnerability of men beyond political opinion, personal definition, and public expression. The exhibition addresses preconceived rules about what it really means to be male, to be female, and to belong, both within the body and within society. Fluid Beauty seeks out androgyny, finding beauty in the absence of definition.

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Photography Festival

80 Spadina Ave Suite 205
Toronto ON M5V 2J4
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The CONTACT Gallery
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