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Mapplethorpe: Assault with a Deadly Camera (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Jack Fritscher

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Defending his bi-coastal lover Robert Mapplethorpe, Jack Fritscher based this personal memoir of sex, art, race, politics, drugs, and friendship on his detailed 1970s journals, and on his interviews with a dozen of Mapplethorpe’s intimate and famous friends. He has written a fast-paced impressionist book, suitable for our social-media times. His quick-messaging text can often be facetiously provocative because everyone seems to have fierce opinions about the controversial Mapplethorpe.

In 1977, the young Mapplethorpe, launching his career, flew to San Francisco seeking publication from Jack Fritscher, the influential editor in chief of the international Drummer magazine. Fritscher profiled Mapplethorpe and gave him his first magazine cover. They became instant bi-coastal lovers for three epic years during the first decade of gay liberation after Stonewall. Mapplethorpe, the photographer, told Fritscher, the writer, that he wanted to become “a story told in beds around the world.” As an eyewitness of Mapplethorpe’s life, character, and career, Fritscher began writing and publishing elements of what would become his insider’s cinema verite memoir. He wrote his first impressions in 1978, eleven years before Robert died, seventeen years before biographer Patricia Morrisroe’s straight-laced Mapplethorpe, and thirty-two years before Patti Smith’s tender reminiscence, Just Kids.

As he lay dying in the late 1980s, Mapplethorpe kept next to his bed a copy of a story Fritscher wrote about him in 1979, telling visitors: “This story is about me.” When Robert died on March 9, 1989, Fritscher wrote a feature obituary for Drummer magazine which caught the eye of a New York Times critic at the same moment Republican Senator Jesse Helms denounced Robert, dead only one hundred days, on the floor of the US Senate, starting the biggest art scandal of the 20th century. That media fight over art and pornography so demonized Mapplethorpe that Fritscher set out to defend his friend. With right-wing politics demolishing the sweet, witty, and caring person Mapplethorpe was, Fritscher reshaped his memoir from a 1970s love story with, according to The New Yorker, a bit of “polemic” against the wider issue of homophobia that prejudiced American critics, politicians, and religionists have long held against gay writers, artists, and photographers.

Within months of Robert’s death, Fritscher added a chorus of Roshomon voices to his own by interviewing colleagues, models, and friends of Mapplethorpe. In early 1990, he recorded their true stories told honestly before myth, scandal, and agenda adulterated almost everyone’s tales of Mapplethorpe. If this eulogy of a book has a central image, it is of a group of artists keening the death of a friend.

The lively voices trading Q&A with Fritscher include Mapplethorpe’s secret mentor George Dureau; gallery owner Holly Solomon; British art critic Edward Lucie-Smith; 1930s pioneer photographer of African-American men, Miles Everett; photographer Joel-Peter Witkin; model Mark Walker; and artist Robert Opel who streaked the 1974 Academy Awards before founding Fey-Way Studio, the first gay gallery to exhibit Mapplethorpe.

Fritscher is a wonderful stylist as a pugnaciously “politically incorrect” storyteller, spinning the Catholic Mapplethorpe into the context of the wild pagan world that was gay liberation before the speeding first-class party people, cruising on in the “Titanic 1970s,” crashed into the iceberg of AIDS. If you missed the 1970s party, or if you revel in nostalgia for it, curl up with this author of a good book.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1024 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 306 pages
  • Editeur : Palm Drive Publishing (11 février 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00789S486
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Shockingly personal confession of two artists and an era 17 avril 2001
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There is much reason to be shocked by the author's candor on the pages of this memoir, and that candor is index of how very true is the truth in this highly personal, highly polemical book. Mapplethorpe's impenetrable character opens up in the author's quite original thesis that Mapplethorpe was shocking more in his images of death than in his images of sex. Death in cut flowers. Death in imagery of guns, knives, etc. all the way to Mapplethorpe's own dying face. Book's thesis, despising art-world politics as much as the politically-correct gay world, connects Mapplethorpe's image manipulation to psychologically scarring and self-reflective Catholicism shared by both the photographer and the writer. Author writes scenes so formally detailed they read like film sequences. The marketing and lies of American culture are the real pornography exposed in this memoir. Even writing about Mapplethorpe, as Pultizer Prize winner Michael Cunningham found in Elle magazine, brings upon the writer and the book some of the opprobrium Mapplethorpe haters cannot level at the dead photographer, who is to this day hated as much by the fundamentalist right as the Marxist left, to say nothing of legions of gay photographers who unlike Mapplethorpe could not escape gay genre photography. This book's psyche is so raw the author must have suffered an agony in confessing his own emotional connection to a friend he repeatedly states he wishes to remember as a person and not a gifted technician or controversial symbol. Certainly, the author, as journalist, succeeded in eliciting poignant feelings, comments, memories, and grief from the blind boy in New Orleans, from painter George Dureau, from photographer Joel Peter Witkin. Book is personal, intense, and raw. The passing of time makes its historical "take" of the 1970's quite interesting.
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Personal insight on Mapplethorpe's life 8 novembre 2000
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Jack Fritscher writes this memoir on Mapplethorpe's life, Fritscher's own gay coming out and the crossing of paths with Mapplethorpe in a shortlived bi coastal love affair. There is an intersting description of life in New York in the 70s, 80s and 90s in the art scene, gay scene, AIDS, the controversial Mapplethorpian art and attacks to it. The life of a genius of our times is reviewed in a dynamic, personal tell of much in the style of Fritscher. It is an intersting insight on the artist, the man and the art scene of such time, both in photography, painting and literature.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I knew Bob Mapplethorpe 5 mai 2002
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I knew Bob Mapplethorpe, and I remember the 70's scene, and if Bob had lived to see all this book of which he'd read a part, he'd have reviewed it with his immortal line, "If you don't like this book, you ain't as avant garde as you think."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This memoir should be a movie like "Pollock" 21 mars 2001
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This memoir has haunted me since I first read it. I'm no longer shocked, just haunted by the humanness of Mapplethorpe. A well written reminiscence about life in the fast lane and art that draws my emotions and intellect like recent movies on Jackson Pollock and Basquiat as well as Arenas in "Before Night Falls", and a bit like the film "Total Eclipse" about Rimbaud and Verlaine with Leonardo di Caprio. The Catholicism of both Mapplethorpe and the author Fritscher plays a fascinating role in the photographer's photo imagery and the author's desire to confess the inside curve of the fast lane of their life together. Photographer George Dureau is one of the strongest characters in the book along with the mystical photographer, Joel-Peter Witkin. Wild.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing 29 octobre 2005
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I found this book extremely disappointing and agree with other reviewers that the author seemed more interested in aggrandizing himself through association with Mapplethorpe. Fritscher also seems intent on producing this biography to prove that Mapplethorpe selected him, rather than Patricia Morrisroe, as biographer. The writing is annoying, frequently repetitive, and skips all over the place chronologically. The book comes across more as a collection of magazine/newspapers articles rather than a coherent whole.
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