Robert Mapplethorpe


Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) was an American photographer celebrated for his groundbreaking work in the realm of fine art photography. Born in New York, Mapplethorpe embarked on a journey that would redefine the perceptions of art and identity.





Key Achievements:

  • Pioneering Aesthetic: Mapplethorpe played a pivotal role in introducing a refined, classical aesthetic to contemporary photography, pushing the boundaries of the medium.
  • Exploration of Taboos: His daring exploration of controversial themes, including sexuality and the human form, challenged societal norms and sparked dialogue on artistic freedom.

Notable Works:

  1. Self-Portrait (1988): Mapplethorpe's introspective exploration of his own identity, showcasing his mastery in capturing the nuanced interplay of light and shadow.

  2. Calla Lily (1988): This iconic photograph exemplifies Mapplethorpe's ability to infuse botanical subjects with a sense of sensuality and elegance.

Select Exhibitions:

  • The Perfect Moment (1988): This controversial exhibition, featuring Mapplethorpe's explicit depictions of sexuality, became a lightning rod for debates on public funding and censorship. Despite the controversies, it underscored the artist's fearless exploration of societal taboos.

  • Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ (1998): Posthumously curated, this retrospective delved into Mapplethorpe's exploration of sexuality and the human form, showcasing the breadth of his artistic vision.

Robert Mapplethorpe's legacy endures as a testament to his artistic fearlessness and commitment to redefining the possibilities of photography.

GALLERY M represents a select collection of Mapplethorpe's works.  Contact us today to verify availability either by online request or toll free at 1.877.331.8401. 

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