This is a collection, by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, of images of black men. Some are nude, some rude and others explicitly erotic. In miniature format, the collection presents one of Mapplethorpe's most controversial and accomplished portfolios....
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Black Book Reviews
I'm on a Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe kick. This is Mapplethorpe's collection of African American men.
This is solidly Mapplethorpe and with many moments of brilliance. We the people having grown up (in theory) since the controversy, the impact is somewhat compromised. Groups of images make sense, but the collection lacks cohesion, "black" and "male" notwithstanding. The foreword is weirdly fetishistic.I love 'Michael Hall, 1984' and 'Man in Polyester Suit, 1980'. This miniature edition seems a bewildering and almost pointless choice by the publisher. Mapplethorpe is at his most expressive when the prints are large.Something is glued between the front cover and title page of this copy. It's the size of a polaroid and says something like "Love, Sloane" but I can't get at it without destroying both the book and the object.
Black Book was the first modern photographic collection to portray and celebrate the beauty of African American men. When published in 1986, it merely inflamed Mapplethorpe's already bad reputation with Ronald Reagan and the radically conservative Republican Party, who had been censoring him by withdrawing public NEA grants. The work has clear homoerotic content (yet is not in any way pornographic) but many feel that the deep-seated and unstated true political objections were racially based. Fortunately, as is always the case, censorship and controversy greatly enhanced Mapplethorpe's reputation, ensured continuing, well-deserved sales of the book, and cemented his place in cultural history.If you can find the original large-scale edition you will appreciate the images much more. The broad expanses of dark ink on the pages, particularly in the backgrounds, contrasted with the detailed skin textures of the models, are photographic masterpieces. The miniature edition is just not large enough.
beautifully executed male nude studies. One of Mapplethorpe's best.