Robert Mapplethorpe

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Full NameRobert Michael Mapplethorpe
Date of BirthNovember 4, 1946
Place of BirthQueens, New York City, U.S.
Date of DeathMarch 9, 1989
Place of DeathBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Resting PlaceSt. John Cemetery, Queens, New York City
EducationAttended Pratt Institute, majored in Graphic Arts
Known for– Photography – His work explored a wide range of subjects, including celebrity portraits, male and female nudes, self-portraits, and still-life images – Documented the gay male BDSM subculture
Partners– Patti Smith (1967–1970) – David Croland (1970–1972) – Sam Wagstaff (1972–1987)
Career Highlights– Lived with Patti Smith, creating art together – Met art curator Sam Wagstaff, who became his mentor, lover, and patron – Explored a wide range of subjects, from socialites to the BDSM subculture – His 1989 exhibition sparked debates about “obscene” artwork and free speech
DeathDied at age 42 due to complications from HIV/AIDS in a Boston hospital

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