Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Man, head averted, for an Aramis ad campaign’, Doyle
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Man, head averted, for an Aramis ad campaign’, Doyle
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Man, head averted, for an Aramis ad campaign’, Doyle

15.125 x 15.125 inches (383 x 383 mm).

Condition: Minute original retouching at lower left, but a fine image. Framed;

Together with three other images by Mapplethorpe for the Aramis advertising series, all unsigned gelatin silver prints, various sizes. Two framed, one unframed.
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Signature: signed by Mapplethorpe (l.r.) and inscribed "for David" (l.l.)

About Robert Mapplethorpe

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.

American, 1946-1989, Queens, New York, based in New York, New York