Sparking debate, Mapplethorpe championed erotic black and white photography of fetish and leather gay imagery, and is famous for many other photographs such as flowers, children, and celebrities portraits.
Indecency Warning: some of the "Modern Art" on our new write-up may shock and disturb. But there is a lesson here too. Through your exploration, keep this in mind: The Actionists thought Austrians were suppressing memories of the unspeakable atrocities committed by the Nazis in their country, and were trying to force people to face these traumas head-on through their art.
The violent, radical, and explicit form of performance art that features taboo-breaking, often illegal, and sometimes repellent statements that expressed violent dissatisfaction with what was seen as an uptight, bourgeois government and society of post-World War II Austria.
The unique presentation of ideas on The Art Story website has allowed me to expand my understanding of the progression of modern art, without spending endless hours I just don't have on research into individual movements. It helps me focus on the big picture, so that when I look at individual artists and works, I can see how they fit in to the overall scheme of things.