Pop Goes the Sexual Revolution

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Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls
Wadsworth Atheneum
Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
October 17, 2015–January 24, 2016

 

Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls
Edited by Patricia Hickson
Yale University Press. 184 pages, $60.

 

THE FIRST exhibition ever to consider Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe together—their careers overlapped from the late 1960s to the late ’80s—this show is filled with both lovely surprises and a few letdowns. The star of the show is Warhol’s Ladies and Gentlemen, silkscreen paintings commissioned by Italian art dealer Luciano Anselmo of African-American and Hispanic drag queens, habitués of the Gilded Grape, a Hell’s Kitchen bar.

Self-portraits by  Mapplethorpe and Warhol. Cover art for the exhibition  and catalog.
Self-portraits by Mapplethorpe and Warhol. Cover art for the exhibition and catalog.

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