The presentation of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work includes the 13 photographs from the X Portfolio, which was published by Robert Miller Gallery in 1978. This portfolio represents some of the most controversial and shocking images by the artist and its inclusion in the 1989 exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe, The Perfect Moment sparked a major controversy. The exhibition also features an important early assemblage altar from 1970 consisting of a bricolage of found objects – fur, lamps, drapery, a wooden crate and table, and votive objects. Robert Mapplethorpe was born in 1946 in Floral Park, Queens and received a B.F.A. from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He died in 1989. Mapplethorpe’s work is found in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, and many others.