Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe

The Archive

Book - 2016
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Celebrated photographer Robert Mapplethorpe challenged the limits of censorship and conformity, combining technical and formal mastery with unexpected, often provocative content that secured his place in history. Mapplethorpe's artistic vision helped shape the social and cultural fabric of the 1970s and '80s and, following his death in 1989 from AIDS, informed the political landscape of the 1990s. His photographic works continue to resonate with audiences all over the world.

Throughout his career, Mapplethorpe preserved studio files and art from every period and vein of his production, including student work, jewelry, sculptures, and commercial assignments. The resulting archive is fascinating and astonishing. With over 400 illustrations, this volume surveys a virtually unknown resource that sheds new light on the artist's motivations, connections, business acumen, and talent as a curator and collector.
Publisher: Los Angeles, California : The Getty Research Institute, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781606064702
Branch Call Number: 779 M29t
Characteristics: vii, 239 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm


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LPL_RachaelP Jun 09, 2016

I enjoyed this beautiful, comprehensive archive of Mapplethorpe's art. A trailblazer in his day, Mapplethorpe's work is well worth exploring.

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