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Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer, known for his large-scale, highly stylized black and white portraits, photos of flowers and nude men.
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Robert Mapplethorpe was an American photographer, known for his large-scale, highly stylized black and white portraits, photos of flowers and nude men.
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  • Robert Mapplethorpe

    Robert Mapplethorpe
    Collected in this portfolio are images from one of the late twentieth century's master photographers. During the 1970's and 1980's, Robert Mapplethorpe created an elegant and provocative body of work - homoerotic images, floral still lives, pictures of children and commissioned portraits - that managed to combine often-outrageous content with an intensely controlled presentation. Whatever the subject of his photographs the aesthetic was always classical, composed; even chaste. Mapplethorpe's work strove for balance and perfection and established him in the top rank of twentieth century artists.

    Black Book

    Black Book
    In Black Book, Robert Mapplethorpe presents an astonishing photographic study of black men today. In their diversity, impact, subtlety, technical virtuosity, erotic appeal, and deep humanity, these photographs constitute a stunning celebration of the contemporary black male. "all my life they've been near me/these men" says Ntozake Shange in her Foreword, "i've been holdin your heart in/my hand since i was a child/cause i wanted what all you were/what all you are/now you're a man."

    Altars

    Altars
    This defintive, full-color reflection of Mapplethorpe's geometric formality and underlying religiosity provides an insight into the art and career of the artist that previous black-and-white volumes cannot. An accompanying essay by Esmund White puts Mapplethorpe into historical, social, sexual, and artistic context. 100 color and duotone plates. 3 gatefolds. Slipcased.

    Pistils

    Pistils
    Robert Mapplethorpe began taking photographs in the 1970s with a Polaroid camera given to him by a friend. When he died in 1989 of AIDS, at the age of forty-two, he was considered one of the most important photographers of his generation, having gained a reputation as the avatar of a rigorous formalism stunningly wed to graphic and sometimes controversial subject matter. Most of Robert Mapplethorpe's days began in the early afternoon, often by photographing flowers. Mapplethorpe used them to help focus his vision, centering and warming up for his commercial portrait work. The flowers also helped him to effect the transition to the more daring work, which he executed late at night. Pistilsreproduces 120 of these ravishing images of flowers, many of which have never been published. The full range of Mapplethorpe's virtuosity is displayed here--early Polaroids: exacting still lifes in black-and-white and color; and extremely rare, toned gravure prints. Not since Georgia O'Keeffe has an artist looked at flowers with as developed an eye as Robert Mapplethorpe. In them he discovered sex, death, redemption, and, always, beauty. These photographs go far beyond decorative allure to place him firmly in the pantheon of the photographic masters.

  • Mapplethorpe: the Complete Flowers

    Mapplethorpe: the Complete Flowers
    Only a fraction of Mapplethorpe's color flowers have been published or exhibited. This book, exquisitely designed and produced, is destined to become a crucial part of his legacy.

    Perfection in Form

    Perfection in Form

    Polaroids

    Polaroids
    Mapplethorpe
    Robert Mapplethorpe's black-and-white Polaroid photographs from the 1970s--a medium in which he established the style that would bring him international acclaim--are brought together in this exquisite volume for the first time.Prestel Publications

    Mapplethorpe X 7

    Mapplethorpe X 7
    Robert Mapplethorpe's influence as an artist has grown steadily since his untimely death in 1989. Recently, over a period of seven years, seven extraordinary contemporary artists--David Hockney, Vik Muniz, Catherine Opie, Sterling Ruby, Cindy Sherman, Hedi Slimane, and Robert Wilson--each in turn reviewed Mapplethorpe's entire body of work to select those that personally resonated. The result was the groundbreaking series of exhibitions documented in this book, which also features intensive interviews conducted by Richard Flood, noted curator of the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York). This beautiful and compelling presentation offers bold new insights into Mapplethorpe's genius and his lasting impact on contemporary ar

  • Lady

    Lady
    Lisa Lyon

    Mapplethorpe

    Mapplethorpe

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