HBO’s ‘Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures’ Doc Raises Questions, Producer Has Answers

At January’s Sundance Film Festival, many people went to see Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato’s documentary “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” freighted with expectations. Now the well-reviewed portrait of the artist is finally airing on HBO, as several major exhibitions of his art are on view at the LA County and Getty museums as well as Norway and the U.K.

Several questions raised by the documentary—like, where was Patti Smith, who memorably wrote her memoir “Just Kids” for her first big love?— are answered below by New York producer and art expert Katharina Otto-Bernstein (“Absolute Wilson”), whose Film Manufacturers Inc. backs international narrative and documentaries.