Robert Mapplethorpe

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In 1973, the United States Supreme Court established what is obscene and what is not obscene. The works above are not obscene because they have been established to have serious artistic value.

“1. Obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment. Roth v. United States, 354 U.S. 476, reaffirmed. A work may be subject to state regulation where that work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest in sex; portrays, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law; and, taken as a whole, does not have serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.”

Learn more at The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

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