Friday, February 24, 2017

Mapplethorpe Boosts Getty Attendance to 2+ Million

Self-portrait. 1988, Robert Mapplethorpe, platinum print. Jointly acquired by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; partial gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; partial purchase with funds provided by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation
Popular exhibits of Robert Mapplethorpe, Hellenistic bronzes, and Louis XIV tapestries boosted Getty Center and Villa attendance to just over 2 million for fiscal 2016, says the Getty Trust's 2016 Report. "Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium" accounted for over 400,000 visitors, edging out Herb Ritts(!) for most-attended photography show at the Getty.
Going by the latest numbers, the two-site Getty is the fourth most visited U.S. art museum, after the Met, National Gallery, and MoMA.

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