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Lisa Lyon

Artist
Robert Mapplethorpe, 04 Nov 1946 - 09 Mar 1989
Sitter
Lisa Lyon, born 1953
Date
1980
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Sheet: 40.6 x 50.8cm (16 x 20")
Credit Line
Owner: Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
Restrictions & Rights
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission
Object number
EXH.HS.116
Exhibition Label
Robert Mapplethorpe met Lisa Lyon in 1980, a year after she won the first World Women's Bodybuilding Championship. Abandoning competitive bodybuilding, she entered into a collaboration with the artist that spanned several years and culminated in Mapplethorpe's portfolio Lady: Lisa Lyon (1983). Lyon's chameleon-like ability to depict multiple guises-a Playboy pinup, a muscular bodybuilder, a leather-clad dominatrix, and a sophisticated fashionista, among others-attests to the changing nature of beauty and the variability of desirable characteristics across different groups and cultures.
Data Source
Catalog of American Portraits
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