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Posted July 30, 2001
Robert Mapplethorpe clearly lived the better of his adult life on the EDGE! This is a riveting bio, He acted on the primal urge from the leftside of his mind.He had along the line a realization of how extreme sexuality and intercourse could be.Those parts of the book I cannot say will appeal to all readers, if so then probably out of morbid curiosity--The book shows the conflicts of the time, It is well written but at least to me says that he is a relentless individual--remarkable imagemaker BUT a man whose life decisions are somehow unfathomable--OK Well at least he had consenting people. If he realised the capabilities of form, and the extremity of the body, then it is sadly that he comes to see his own body deteriorate. i hate to believe that one must sacrifice their own happiness for the sake of art. If he photographed only part of his life--then even he came to conclude that it had been a kind of hell--but after all what is life if not lived to its potential?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.