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Mapplethorpe [Viewer Discretion Advised]

Created 1991 Acquired 19914

Glass specimin jar w/penis growth inside

Artwork Story

Donated to Laguna Art Museum in 1999 as one of 109 works
Exhibited Laguna Art Museum 1998-9 "Life Lessons: How Art Can Change Your Life"

Judith Spence

This is one of a series of vitrines Galt made to isolate and celebrate the iconic aspects of various artists. Interestingly this also attacks the way the public will fasten its attention on one attribute of an artist, blithely assuming that that's the whole story. Such attention becomes a dismembering, if you will, of an artist's integrity.

Stuart Spence

This was shown at Bennett/Roberts 'Art Store' '91 (much of which was later included in a Norton donation to Laguna)


Bennett/Roberts 'Art Store' '91 (see Norton donation to Laguna)


"Exh:Laguna Art Museum, 1998-9, 'Life Lessons; ...'"

About the Artist

John Galt


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