HBO readies Mapplethorpe doc “Look at the Pictures”

HBO Documentary Films has set a 2016 air date for Fenton Bailey and Robert Barbato's Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (pictured).
December 4, 2015

HBO Documentary Films has set a 2016 air date for Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato‘s Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (pictured). 

Produced by World of Wonder, the film offers a comprehensive look at the controversial life and career of artist Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed boundaries with frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism.

Through unprecedented access to The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the first feature-length documentary since his death follows Mapplethorpe from his early beginnings as a young artist in New York through his meteoric rise in the art world to his untimely death in 1989 after a years-long battle with AIDS.

The film features archival materials and rarely-seen, uncensored photographs and footage, as well as rediscovered audio interviews that tell Mapplethorpe’s story in his own words. The documentary also features commentary and interviews with nearly 50 influential friends, colleagues and family, including Sam Wagstaff, David Croland, Lisa Lyon, Brooke Shields, Fran Lebowitz, Helen and Brice Marden and Jack Walls.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures is set to premiere in April on HBO in conjunction with simultaneous retrospectives at The J. Paul Getty Museum and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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