ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE

 

b. 1946 (Floral Park, NY) - 1989 (Boston, MA)

 

1970    BFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY in Painting and Sculpture

 

 

SELECTED WORKS

 

 

Calla Lily
Calla Lily

1984 Gelatin silver print 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 centimeters)

Hermes
Hermes

1988 Gelatin silver print Edition 9/10 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 centimeters)

Self Portrait
Self Portrait

1985 Gelatin silver print Edition 1/10 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 centimeters)

Lydia
Lydia

1985 Gelatin silver print Edition 1/10 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 centimeters)

 
BIOGRAPHY

 

Initially experimenting with various materials in mixed-media collages, American artist Robert Mapplethorpe increasingly focused his artistic practice on Polaroid photography and mounted his first solo gallery exhibition, Polaroids, in 1973 at the Light Gallery in New York City. Two years later, he turned to a Hasselblad medium-format camera and began shooting his circle of friends and acquaintances—artists, musicians, socialites, pornographic film stars, and members of the S & M underground. 

 

In the late 70s, Mapplethorpe became increasingly focused on documenting the New York S & M scene. The resulting photographs are shocking for their content and remarkable for their technical and formal mastery. In 1977, he participated in Documenta 6 in Kassel, West Germany, and in 1978, Robert Miller Gallery became his exclusive dealer. During the 80s, Mapplethorpe produced a series of photographs that simultaneously challenge and adhere to classical aesthetic standards: stylized compositions of male and female nudes, delicate flower still lifes, and studio portraits of artists and celebrities, for instance. He also introduced and refined different techniques and formats, including color 20" x 24" Polaroids, photogravures, platinum prints on paper and linen, Cibachrome and dye transfer color prints. 

In 1986, Mapplethorpe was diagnosed with AIDS. Despite his illness, he accelerated his creative efforts, broadened the scope of his photographic inquiry, and accepted increasingly challenging commissions. The Whitney Museum of American Art mounted his first major American museum retrospective in 1988, one year before his death in 1989. 

His vast, provocative, and powerful body of work has established him as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Today, Mapplethorpe is represented by galleries in North and South America and Europe and his work can be found in the collections of major museums around the world, such as the Art Institute of Chicago; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, and many others. In 1988, he established the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to promote photography, support museums that exhibit photographic art, and to fund medical research in the fight against AIDS and HIV-related infection.

2010 - present

2010 - present

 
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1973

Robert Mapplethorpe, Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

ARTIST ROOMS Robert Mapplethorpe, Tate Modern, London, UK

Mapplethorpe / Rodin, Musee Rodin, Paris, France

Robert Mapplethorpe, Grand Palais, Paris, France

 

Robert Mapplethorpe: Saints and Sinners, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

Robert Mapplethorpe: Fashion Show, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK

Robert Mapplethorpe, curated by Isabelle Huppert, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

Robert Mapplethorpe: Fetish, Galerie Stefan Roepke, Cologne, Germany

Robert Mapplethorpe: Au Début, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

Robert Mapplethorpe, Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy

Robert Mapplethorpe: Works from 1980 to 1989, Galería Elvira González, Madrid, Spain

Robert Mapplethorpe, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO

Robert Mapplethorpe: Flowers, Seibu, Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan

 

Robert Mapplethorpe, Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Canada

In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ, LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Robert Mapplethorpe, Galeria Senda, Barcelona, Spain

 

Mapplethorpe: Pure, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

Robert Mapplethorpe, Forma Foundation for Photography, Milan, Italy

Robert Mapplethorpe, curated by Sophia Coppola, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Robert Mapplethorpe, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary

In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA 

Naked Before the Camera, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (group)

 

50 Americans, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

Blossoming, curated by Klaus Kertess, Texas Gallery, Houston, TX 

Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

Robert Mapplethorpe, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany 

Robert Mapplethorpe, Fondazione FORMA per la Fotografía, Milan, Italy

Robert Mapplethorpe, Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece 

Robert Mapplethorpe, i8 Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland 

Robert Mapplethorpe, Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden

Robert Mapplethorpe, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany 

 

HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (group)

Robert Mapplethorpe, NRW-Forum Kunst und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf, Germany

Robert Mapplethorpe: Perfection in Form, Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, Italy

Robert Mapplethorpe: A Season in Hell, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK

Robert Mapplethorpe, Photography with Sculpture, Towner Museum, Eastbourne, UK

Robert Mapplethorpe, Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Horses, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO 

Robert Mapplethorpe, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Robert Mapplethorpe, Museo de Arte Latinoamerican de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Robert Mapplethorpe, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

Robert Mapplethorpe: Perfection in Form, Museu d’Arte della Citta di Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland

Robert Mapplethorpe, Gallery Gio Marconi, Milan, Italy 

The Original Copy: Photography of Sculpture, 1839 to Today, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (group)

 

Portraits: Robert Mapplethorpe, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ 

Polaroids: Mapplethorpe, Modern Art, Oxford, UK 

Robert Mapplethorpe, CAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Málaga, Spain 

Polaroids: Mapplethorpe, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA 

Polaroids and Silver Prints by Robert Mapplethorpe, Galerie Stefan Ropke,Cologne, Germany

Robert Mapplethorpe: A Season in Hell, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, England

Robert Mapplethorpe, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil

Robert Mapplethorpe, Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern I Contemporani de Palma, Mallorca, Spain

Robert Mapplethorpe: Women, Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Robert Mapplethorpe, Black, White and Silver, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

Robert Mapplethorpe, TR3 Gallery and National Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Portrait. Photography as a Stage: From Robert Mapplethorpe to Nan Goldin, Kunsthalle Wien, Wien, Germany (group)

 

Polaroids: Mapplethorpe, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY 

Robert Mapplethorpe - Works 1975-1988, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

Photography on Photography: Reflections on the Medium since 1960, Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY

Robert Mapplethorpe: Certain People, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York 

Robert Mapplethorpe, Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Canada 

Robert Mapplethorpe: 50 New York Artists and Other Portraits, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO

 

Into Me / Out of Me, KW - Kunstwerke Berlin, Berlin, Germany and Museo d´Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy (group)

Martin Maloney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jack Pierson, Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (group)

Family Pictures, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (group)

 

Robert Mapplethorpe: Still Moving & Lady, with photographs by Judy Linn, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, England (two-person)

Screening of Patti Smith/Still Moving, Tate Modern, London, England (group)

Robert Mapplethorpe, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria

Robert Mapplethorpe, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland

Robert Mapplethorpe: Lisa Lyon, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO (group)

Mapplethorpe–Warhol: Celebrity Portraits, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY (group)

 

Robert Mapplethorpe: Porträts und Erotik, Galerie im Alten Rathaus, Prien am Cheimsee, Germany and Stadtgalerie, Klagenfurt, Austria

 

Sacred and Profane: Robert Mapplethorpe, Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba

Robert Mapplethorpe, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, England

Mapplethorpe’s Rooms, Stella Kay Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Robert Mapplethorpe, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Mapplethorpe Neoclassical, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

Robert Mapplethorpe: Flowers, Galleri Skarsktedt, Stockholm, Sweden

Robert Mapplethorpe, Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Robert Mapplethorpe: Tra Antico e Moderno - Un’antologia, Pallazzina della Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Turin, Italy

Robert Mapplethorpe, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France

 

Robert Mapplethorpe: Still Life Portraits, Thomasville Cultural Center, Thomasville, GA

Robert Mapplethorpe: Black Nude Men, Galeria Senda Espai 292, Barcelona, Spain

The World of Robert Mapplethorpe, Kunst Merano Arte, Merano, Italy

Robert Mapplethorpe: Self Portraits 1974-1988, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Robert Mapplethorpe: Body Parts, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition: Photographs and Mannerist Prints, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany

 

Eye to Eye: Robert Mapplethorpe selected by Cindy Sherman, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

Robert Mapplethorpe, Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Robert Mapplethorpe: Sculptures and hand painted photographs, asperyjacques, London, England

 

Robert Mapplethorpe Retrospective, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sapporo, Japan

 

Galerie Thaddäus Ropac- Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

Senior & Shopmaker, New York, NY

Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany

 

Cheim & Read, New York, NY

Aktionsforum Praterinsel, Munich, Germany

Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp, Belgium

 

Hamiltons Gallery, London, England

Andrea Rosen, New York, NY

Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

 

Karen Mc Cready Fine Art, New York, NY

Cheim & Read, New York, NY

Houldsworth Fine Art, London, England

Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

 

Konfrontation: Mapplethorpe/Palavrakis, Galerie Stefan Röpke Cologne, Germany

 

Sex and Crime, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany

Robert Mapplethorpe Polaroids, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany

 

Faces: 1975-1995, Pelham Arts Center, Pelham, NY

 

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

 

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (traveled)

 

Fashion Photography Since 1945, Victoria and Albert Museum London, England

 

The Indomitable Spirit, International Center of Photography, Midtown NY (catalog, traveled)

 

150 Years of Photography, National Art Gallery, Washington, DC (catalog, traveled)Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA (catalog, traveled)

 

National Portrait Gallery, London, EnglandIdentity: Representations of the Self, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYRobert Mapplethorpe, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsFirst Person Singular: Self Portrait Photography, The High Museum at Georgia-Pacific Center, Atlanta, GA

 

Invitation: La Revue Parkett, Centre Nat'l d'Art & de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

 

Self-Portrait: The Photographer's Persona 1840-1985, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

 

The Heroic Figure, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX

 

New Art, Tate Gallery, London, England

Robert Mapplethorpe 1970-1983, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK

 

Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

 

People Watching, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

International Center of Photography, New York, NY

 

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

 

Animals, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY

 

Recent Religious and Ritual Art, Buecker and Harpsichords, New York, NY

 

Polaroids, Light Gallery, New York, NY

Public Collections

Tampa Museum of Art

Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Minnesota

Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England

Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Connecticut

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Museum Ludwig, Cologne, West Germany

Museum of Art, Norman, Oklahoma

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

Museum of Modern Art, New York

National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

National Portrait Gallery, London

New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana

Portland Center of the Visual Art, California

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, West Germany

Getty Museum, Malibu, California

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia

International Center of Photography, New York

La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, California

Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

Madison Art Center, Wisconsin

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia

Bank of America Collection, San Francisco, California

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Massachusetts

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York

Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, West Germany

Portrait Gallery of Canada, Ontario, Canada

Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL