Robert Mapplethorpe: An Overview is a wondrous gallery of more than 450 works. It shies away from the late photographer’s more explicit photos, which created a storm of controversy when Congress was debating government funding of the arts six years ago. (Those stills will soon be available on an expanded Digital Collections disc — Robert Mapplethorpe: The Controversy.) Click through lush black-and-white pictures to get an intimate sense of Mapplethorpe as sentimental studio photographer. See striking subjects, including Patti Smith as tough, hip rocker, then fragile, introspective poet. Follow the well-written audio narration and encounter the complex man, not only the embattled artist. B
Posted August 11 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT
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