Many know Robert Mapplethorpe as the bad boy of the 80s art world, pushing the boundaries of photographic art through his representation of sexualized male nudes and BDSM fetishism. Moreover, he was a highly refined portraist and still life photographer, admiring every form that graced his lens. This exhibition explores Mapplethorpe’s body of work through early drawings, collages, sculptures, and Polaroid photography; materials from his archive; portraits, still lifes, and figure studies; rare color photographs; and two seldom-seen moving image works. Take the 20 minute tour of The Perfect Medium for an in-depth experience and then spend the afternoon exploring the nooks and crannies of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A companion exhibition is being presented at the J. Paul Getty Museum–also highly recommended.