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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The Perfect Moment is the title of a 1990 Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition at the Cincinnati Arts Center. The exhibition included seven sadomasochistic portraits and Mapplethorpe and Dennis Barrie (the director of the arts center) were charged with "pandering obscenity". The prosecution was unsuccessfull but the case became a cause célèbre for both sides in the National Endowment for the Arts funding debate.

The images that sparked the most controversy

  • Jim and Tom, Sausalito, 1977
  • Man in a Polyester Suit, 1980
  • Jesse McBride, 1976
  • Rosie (Honey), 1976




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