No sooner did James St. James hit the post button on his last post, I was made aware of ANOTHER rave review of World of Wonder and HBO’s documentary Mapplehtorpe: Look at the Pictures directed by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, this time from much respected industry magazine Variety.
It’s a sure sign of an artist’s impact — at least for those with the privilege of tasting success during their lifetimes — that wealthy patrons will pay enormous sums to have their portraits done. At a certain point in Robert Mapplethorpe’s career, such commissions came to dominate the kinky/controversial photographer’s schedule — and in a fair and just universe, documentary filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato would probably be rolling in similar offers. No one does a livelier job of exposing the interior world of complex personalities than the World of Wonder duo, whose “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” achieves entertaining profundity without shying away from the inherently profane nature of their subject’s identity.
Read the rest of the article at Variety.com.