Robert Mapplethorpe. Elogio a la Sombra 10.11/07.01 2022-2023

My whole point is to transcend the subject. …Go beyond the subject somehow, so that the composition, the lighting, all around, reaches a certain point of perfection.

Galería Elvira González is pleased to present Robert Mapplethorpe. Elogio a la Sombra, the fourth exhibition dedicated to the American artist at the gallery. In collaboration with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the 34 selected photographs display a variety of subjects—portraits, flowers, and nudes—which revolve around the deliberate play of light and shadow. This selection offers a compelling insight into Mapplethorpe’s distinctive practice: rather than focusing on a particular moment or subject, the artist explores forms and compositions through light and shadow, which reveal his remarkable technical and formal mastery.

The photographs in the show were predominately taken in New York between 1977 and 1987. These artworks are an invitation to travel through an unexplored field invaded by an idyllic and enigmatic atmosphere in black and white, where the shadow can become even more important than the subject or the object.

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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Ron, 1980
50,8 x 40,6 cm | 20 x 16 in
Gelatin silver print
Ed. 15
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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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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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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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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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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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