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Mapplethorpe archive moves to West Coast

The LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and the J.Paul Getty Trust have acquired Robert Mapplethorpe's archive. The trove consists of more than 2,000 works by the artist, including a large number of well-known silver gelatin prints and rarely seen Polaroids, collages, drawings and works in assemblage.

The LACMA-Getty joint trust already has catalogs and exhibitions in the works for the $30m purchase. Many collectibles were included often used to texture exhibits, such as gallery miscellany and personal correspondence that should aid in the creation of new Mapplethorpe shows.

The artist's Foundation aggressively sought a buyer for three years after first announcing the archive was for sale a decade ago.

In 1988 the Whitney Museum mounted the celebrated New York photographer's first retrospective. Mapplethorpe was born in Queens in 1946 and died in 1989. The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation promotes photographic exhibitions and funds research in the fight against AIDS-HIV.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Self-Portrait, 1975

Mapplethorpe archive moves to West Coast - News detail - Flash Art