Tim Scott

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Robert Mapplethorpe - On the Edge, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus
2016
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
2016
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
2015
ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE – femmes, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich
2015
Robert Mapplethorpe, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Robert Mapplethorpe, McCabe Fine Art, 114 45 Stockholm
2016
Robert Mapplethorpe - On the Edge, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Aarhus
2016
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
2016
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
2015
ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE – femmes, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich
2015
Robert Mapplethorpe, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Human Condition, John Wolf Art Advisory & Brokerage, Los Angeles
2016
ARTephemera, VINCE fine arts/ephemera, Miami
2016
Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs
2016
MAPPLETHORPE + MUNCH, Munch Museum, Oslo
2015
MAI 36 SHOWROOM, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich
2015
MAI 36 SHOWROOM, Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich
2013
Image Search: Photography from the Collection, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
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