Skip to Main Content
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Robert Mapplethorpe: Perfection In Form, Eds. Franca Falletti and Jonathan Nelson, 2009 and Herbert Muschamp, Mapplethorpe: The Complete Flowers, 2006’, 2006-2009, Rago/Wright
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Robert Mapplethorpe: Perfection In Form, Eds. Franca Falletti and Jonathan Nelson, 2009 and Herbert Muschamp, Mapplethorpe: The Complete Flowers, 2006’, 2006-2009, Rago/Wright
Save
Save
Share
Share
Save
Save
Share
Share

Robert Mapplethorpe: Perfection In Form, Eds. Franca Falletti and Jonathan Nelson, 2009 and Herbert Muschamp, Mapplethorpe: The Complete Flowers, 2006, 2006-2009

Books
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
About the work
RW
Rago/Wright
Medium
Design/Decorative Art
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, ‘Robert Mapplethorpe: Perfection In Form, Eds. Franca Falletti and Jonathan Nelson, 2009 and Herbert Muschamp, Mapplethorpe: The Complete Flowers, 2006’, 2006-2009, Rago/Wright
Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Robert Mapplethorpe: Perfection In Form, Eds. Franca Falletti and Jonathan Nelson, 2009 and Herbert Muschamp, Mapplethorpe: The Complete Flowers, 2006’, 2006-2009, Rago/Wright
Save
Save
Share
Share
Save
Save
Share
Share
About the work
RW
Rago/Wright
Medium
Design/Decorative Art
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: Perfection In Form, Eds. Franca Falletti and Jonathan Nelson, 2009 and Herbert Muschamp, Mapplethorpe: The Complete Flowers, 2006, 2006-2009

Books
Bidding closed
Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
Other works by Robert Mapplethorpe