Robert Mapplethorpe - Exhibition view, 2019 © Galería Elvira González

Robert Mapplethorpe

Self Portrait, 1980. © The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, New York

New York, USA, 1946 - Boston, USA, 1989
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I’m looking for the unexpected.
I’m looking for things I’ve never seen before.

Robert Mapplethorpe is one of the most recognized and influential American photographers of the 20th century. He enrolled at the Pratt Institute of Art, in Brooklyn, where he studied drawing, painting and sculpture. In 1970 he acquired a Polaroid camera and started taking his first photographs, which he started incorporating to his collages. Progressively he abandoned collage to focus exclusively on photography.

Mapplethorpe rescued the formal emphasis that photography allows and incorporated it into his previous conceptual research. This process resulted in raw and direct images of sadomasochism combined with the most meticulous compositional direction, pure sexual acts with the most exact pictorial classicism, or a simple flower with the most exaggerated sensuality and eroticism. Mapplethorpe’s poetics demonstrated a total fusion between art and life, aesthetics and reality, in which his own life was placed at the centre.

Robert Mapplethorpe's Works

Robert Mapplethorpe
Jack Walls, 1982
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Orchid, 1977
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 3
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Roman Bronze Leg, 1978
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
William Burroughs, 1979
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Daisies, 1978
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
AP 1/1
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Robert Sherman, 1978
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Robert Sherman, 1979
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Wheat, 1979
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 5/10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Bruce, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
AP 3/3
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Bruce, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Orchids, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Texas Gallery, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Ron, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Alistair Butler/Torso, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Frank Diaz, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Lisa Lyon, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Tim Scott, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatine silver print
AP 2/3
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Lisa Lyon, 1981
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Dennis Speight, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Dennis Speight, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Dennis Speight, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Lisa Lyon, 1982
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
AP 1/2
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Lisa Lyon, 1982
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Jack Walls, 1982
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Lisa Lyon, 1982
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Impresión en gelatina de plata
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Flower, 1983
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Vibert, 1984
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Chest, 1983
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Vibert, 1984
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Thomas/Back, 1986
61 x 50,8 cm | 24 x 20 in
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AP 2/2
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Flowers, 1986
61 x 50,8 cm | 24 x 20 in
Impresión en gelatina de plata
AP 1/2
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Michael Reed, 1987
61 x 50,8 cm | 24 x 20 in
Impresión en gelatina de plata
AP 1/2
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Michael Reed, 1987
61 x 50,8 cm | 24 x 20 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Michael Reed, 1987
61 x 50,8 cm | 24 x 20 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Jack Walls, 1982
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Orchid, 1977
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 3
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Roman Bronze Leg, 1978
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
William Burroughs, 1979
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Daisies, 1978
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
AP 1/1
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Robert Sherman, 1978
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Robert Sherman, 1979
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Wheat, 1979
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 5/10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Bruce, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
AP 3/3
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Bruce, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Orchids, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Texas Gallery, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Ron, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Alistair Butler/Torso, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Frank Diaz, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Lisa Lyon, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Tim Scott, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatine silver print
AP 2/3
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Lisa Lyon, 1981
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Dennis Speight, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Dennis Speight, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Dennis Speight, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Lisa Lyon, 1982
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
AP 1/2
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Lisa Lyon, 1982
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Jack Walls, 1982
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Lisa Lyon, 1982
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Impresión en gelatina de plata
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Flower, 1983
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Vibert, 1984
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Chest, 1983
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Vibert, 1984
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Thomas/Back, 1986
61 x 50,8 cm | 24 x 20 in
Gelatin silver print
AP 2/2
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Flowers, 1986
61 x 50,8 cm | 24 x 20 in
Impresión en gelatina de plata
AP 1/2
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Michael Reed, 1987
61 x 50,8 cm | 24 x 20 in
Impresión en gelatina de plata
AP 1/2
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Michael Reed, 1987
61 x 50,8 cm | 24 x 20 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
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Robert Mapplethorpe
Michael Reed, 1987
61 x 50,8 cm | 24 x 20 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 10
© The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission

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