Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Belly Button’, 1986, Photography, Gelatin silver print, Caviar20
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share

Robert Mapplethorpe

Belly Button, 1986

Gelatin silver print
27 1/2 × 27 1/2 in
69.9 × 69.9 cm
Edition of 10
.
Sold
Location
Toronto
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
About the work
Exhibition history
Caviar20
Toronto

This image, is a prime example of Mapplethorpe's work in the 1980's. As Mapplethorpe's …

Medium
Condition
Very good condition
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, sticker label, Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist verso
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Included
Robert Mapplethorpe
American, 1946–1989
Follow

In the 1970s, Robert Mapplethorpe and musician, poet, and artist Patti Smith lived together in New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel where he started shooting Polaroids to use in his collages. Drawn to photography, Mapplethorpe got a Hasselblad medium-format camera and began taking pictures of his friends and acquaintances—artists, musicians, socialites, pornographic film stars, and members of the gay S & M underground. Despite his shocking content, Mapplethorpe was a formalist, interested in composition, color, texture, balance, and, most of all, beauty. In the 1980s, he concentrated on studio photography, specifically nudes, flowers, and formal portraits that are considerably more refined than his earlier work. After Mapplethorpe died from an AIDS-related illness, his work precipitated national controversy when it was included in “The Perfect Moment,” a traveling exhibition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Navigate left
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Belly Button’, 1986, Photography, Gelatin silver print, Caviar20
Navigate right
Save
Save
View
View in room
Share
Share
About the work
Exhibition history
Caviar20
Toronto

This image, is a prime example of Mapplethorpe's work in the 1980's. As Mapplethorpe's practice became more centred around studio photography, his aesthetic output in the this period demonstrated a more refined vision.
Shot in black & white, this image features a close-up shot of a man's torso with …

Medium
Condition
Very good condition
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, sticker label, Signed, dated, and editioned by the artist verso
Certificate of authenticity
Included
Frame
Included
Robert Mapplethorpe
American, 1946–1989
Follow

In the 1970s, Robert Mapplethorpe and musician, poet, and artist Patti Smith lived together in New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel where he started shooting Polaroids to use in his collages. Drawn to photography, Mapplethorpe got a Hasselblad medium-format camera and began taking pictures of his friends and acquaintances—artists, musicians, socialites, pornographic film stars, and members of the gay S & M underground. Despite his shocking content, Mapplethorpe was a formalist, interested in composition, color, texture, balance, and, most of all, beauty. In the 1980s, he concentrated on studio photography, specifically nudes, flowers, and formal portraits that are considerably more refined than his earlier work. After Mapplethorpe died from an AIDS-related illness, his work precipitated national controversy when it was included in “The Perfect Moment,” a traveling exhibition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Robert Mapplethorpe

Belly Button, 1986

Gelatin silver print
27 1/2 × 27 1/2 in
69.9 × 69.9 cm
Edition of 10
.
Sold
Location
Toronto
Certificate
Certificate of authenticity
This work includes a certificate of authenticity.
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Other works from Top 20 of 2020
Other works by Robert Mapplethorpe
Other works from Caviar20
Related works
Most Similar