The Easel

LACMA and Getty’s impressive Robert Mapplethorpe exhibit reveals Andy Warhol’s lasting influence

LA’s big Mapplethorpe retrospective shows there still are divided opinions. His elegant and meticulous flower photos gather praise but the homoerotic images set some teeth on edge. “Is there more to it than a fashionable interest in extreme sex?” asks one critic. Knight takes a broader perspective:  “This is about Mapplethorpe’s determination to close the … gap between photography and art.” Some images are here.