Monday, January 11, 2016

Museum Explores the Saintly Warhol and Devilish Mapplethorpe

By Susan Hodara
“Robert Mapplethorpe,” Warhol Credit The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc., via Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
CONNECTICUT---On a small wall in “Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls,” at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, a photographic portrait of Andy Warhol by Robert Mapplethorpe hangs beside a silk-screened portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe by Andy Warhol. Both are head shots; both men gaze directly at the viewer. Mapplethorpe placed Warhol’s face in the center of a cruciform frame and encircled his head with a saintly glow, while Warhol saturated Mapplethorpe’s image in a deep, devilish red. [link]

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: “Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls” (Ends January 24, 2016); 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT.;; 860-278-2670.
“Andy Warhol,” Robert Mapplethorpe Credit Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation