Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer, known for his sensitive yet blunt treatment of controversial subject-matter in the large-scale, highly stylized black and white medium of photography.
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- What exactly is it that makes a photograph art?
- What makes some art 'offensive'? Are there public standards that can be established?
- Should the government fund artists directly? Who should decide who recieves funding?
- Is threatening to arrest art directors for obsenity a form of censorship on the artist?
- Should tax dollars support the arts?
- Who decides what is "obscene" or "offensive" in public exhibitions?
- If art can be considered a form of free speech, is it a violation of the First Amendment to revoke federal funding on grounds of obscenity?