Galería Elvira González is pleased to present Robert Mapplethorpe – Still Lifes, the third exhibition at the gallery dedicated to the American artist. In collaboration with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, this presents, through a wide selection of works, Mapplethorpe’s vision of inanimate and everyday objects that make up his still lifes. This show delves into Mapplethorpe’s special sensitivity towards the object, which he expressed from his very beginnings as an artist, when his work could have been considered new-dada style. He claimed to consider flowers, for example, the same as his subjects, rather than as pretexts for formal exhibition. He humanized elements with mysterious and dark aspects until they were endowed with an unpredictable erotic claim. In these exhibited works, we can appreciate his capacity to find an artistic dignity, equally, in a doorknocker, a fish, of a or a male sexual organ.
Since his death 30 years ago, there continues to be international interest and exhibitions of his work. Mapplethorpe left a vast legacy to be explored which today still survives as radically contemporary. This exhibition emphasizes the artist’s intimate relationship with objects, flowers and everyday scenes, opening the way to investigate his work with an unprecedented perspective in Spain.