Art In America

“The 1970s: The Blossoming of a Queer Enlightenment”

From the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York to the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, violent attacks have often been inflicted on the LGBTQ community. Curators at the Leslie-Lohman Museum have organized “The 1970s: The Blossoming...

Generation X: Catherine Opie on Robert Mapplethorpe

Last November, FotoFocus organized a conference at the CAC to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the exhibition and to celebrate members of the city's art community who stood up for Mapplethorpe's work. A high point of the conference was artist...

Putting Mapplethorpe in his Place

Twenty-six years ago, Robert Mapplethorpe’s BDSM photographs were successfully defended in court as elegantly rigorous artworks that transcend their maverick origins. But did that normalizing rationale sacrifice more personal and artistic liberty than...

Issues & Commentary: Some American Notes

Assessing the current state of photography in Britain and in the U.S., the author discerns pernicious links among enterprise culture, art-world simulationism, and the homophobic attacks of neoconservative American art critics. 

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