An extensive exhibition of the works of acclaimed photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe, opens at the Art Gallery of NSW on 27 October.

The display features more than 200 works, including floral still lifes, portraits, figure studies and erotic imagery that charts his involvement in New York’s gay scene, as well as a selection of archival material providing insights into his working methods and life. The exhibition has been organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and J Paul Getty Museum, in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and the Art Gallery of  NSW. Support for the exhibition and its international tour has been provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art. Accompanying the exhibition is a range of programs, including partnerships with VICE/iD and with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2018, presenting special Art After Hours on 8 November and in February.

Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium  celebrates one of the most renowned photographers of the 20th century, an artist who understood the medium’s ability to alter perceptions and push boundaries. The exhibition runs until 4 March, 2018. Tickets are available for $18 adult, $16 concession or $14 gallery members. Family tickets are also available. Details of the exhibition and related events can be found at