ART: MAIL-ORDER MAPPLETHORPE

A FOUNDATION TRIES CATALOG SHOPPING TO SUPPORT THE ARTS

REMEMBER ROBERT Mapplethorpe, Andres Serrano and Karen Finley, those artistic troublemakers who were targeted by Senator Jesse Helms and other moral guardians campaigning against government funding of "obscene" art? They're back. But in this case, they're not hitting up the National Endowment for the Arts for money. Their work, along with that of nearly 80 other contemporary artists, can now be ordered via an 800 number. The source of this marketing ploy is an innovative free-market effort to compensate for the dicey state of federal arts funding: the Art Matters gift catalog.

Helms and his fellow watchdogs need not worry; the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!