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A wild display of Patti Smith 's multi-media art endeavors is heading to Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center next month.
Robert Mapplethorpe (November 4, 1946 – March 9, 1989) was an American photographer , known for his large-scale, highly stylized black and white portraits, photos of flowers and nude men. The frank homoeroticism of some of the work of his middle period triggered a more general controversy about the public funding of artworks. [ edit ] Biography Mapplethorpe was born and grew up as a Roman Catholic of English and Irish heritage in Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Floral Park, Queens , New York. His parents were Harry and Joan Mapplethorpe and he grew up with five brothers and sisters. He studied for a B.F.A. from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn , where he majored in graphic arts, [ 1 ] though he dropped out in 1969 before finishing his degree. [ 2 ] Mapplethorpe lived with his partner Patti Smith from 1967 to 1974, and she supported him by working in bookstores.