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Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Jack Walls’, 1982, ClampArt
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Jack Walls’, 1982, ClampArt
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Jack Walls, 1982

Gelatin silver print
20 × 16 in
50.8 × 40.6 cm
Location
New York City
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About the work
ClampArt
New York City

Further inscribed “MAPP-367” and “972,” verso

Further inscribed “MAPP-367” and “972,” verso

Medium
Photography
Signature
Signed in blue ink by Michael Ward Stout, Executor of the Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe, verso. Also stamped and dated, …
Robert Mapplethorpe
American, 1946–1989
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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, ‘Jack Walls’, 1982, ClampArt
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Jack Walls’, 1982, ClampArt
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About the work
ClampArt
New York City

Further inscribed “MAPP-367” and “972,” verso

Further inscribed “MAPP-367” and “972,” verso

Medium
Photography
Signature
Signed in blue ink by Michael Ward Stout, Executor of the Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe, verso. Also stamped and dated, …
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.

Jack Walls, 1982

Gelatin silver print
20 × 16 in
50.8 × 40.6 cm
Location
New York City
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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