Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the twentieth century’s most important and influential artists, known for his groundbreaking and provocative work. He studied painting, drawing, and sculpture in Brooklyn in the 1960s and started taking photographs when he acquired a Polaroid camera in 1970. Beginning in 1973 and until his death in 1989, Mapplethorpe explored the flower with extraordinary dedication, using a range of photographic processes—from Polaroids to dye-transfer color works.

This month Phaidon realease 2 comprehensive monographs of Mapplethorpe. The first is an overview of the artist’s black-and-white photography of nudes, selfportraits, and portraits, among other subjects—and also includes a selection of his color images. The second is a stunning colection of Mapplethorpe’s flower still lifes featuring careful compostions of roses, orchids, snapdragons, daisies, tulips and other species—both common and rare.

Both limited edition hardbound books come beautifully housed in slipcases. They are available to pre-order now at:

Posted by: TAWD on May 18, 2020

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