Forgot Your Password?

Don't have an account? Create one now!

FOLLOW ARTIST

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE

BIOGRAPHY
ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE Artist Art Brokerage: Robert Mapplethorpe American Artist: b. 1946-1989. He was born in 1946, the third of six children. He received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he produced artwork in a variety of media. He had not taken any of his own photographs yet, but he was making art that incorporated many photographic images appropriated from other sources, including pages torn from magazines and books. This early interest reflected the importance of the photographic image in the culture and art of our time, including the work of such notable artists as Andy Warhol, whom Mapplethorpe greatly admired. Mapplethorpe took his first photographs soon thereafter, using a Polaroid camera. His first Polaroids were self-portraits and the first of a series of portraits of his close friend, the singer-artist-poet Patti Smith. These early photographic works were generally shown in groups or elaborately presented in shaped and painted frames that were as significant to the finished piece as the photograph itself. The shift to photography as Mapplethorpe's sole means of expression happened gradually during the mid-seventies. He acquired a large format press camera and began taking photographs of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. These included artists, composers, socialites, pornographic film stars and members of the S & M underground. Some of these photographs were shocking for their content but exquisite in their technical mastery. Mapplethorpe told ARTnews in late 1988. During the early 1980s, Mapplethorpe�s photographs began a shift toward a phase of refinement of subject and an emphasis on classical formal beauty. During this period he concentrated on statuesque male and female nudes, delicate flower still lifes, and formal portraits of artists and celebrities. Mapplethorpe continued to challenge the definition of photography by introducing new techniques and formats to his oeuvre: color Polaroids, photogravure, platinum prints on paper and linen, Cibachomes and dye transfer color prints, as well as his earlier black-and-white gelatin silver prints. Mapplethorpe produced a consistent body of work that strove for balance and perfection and established him in the top rank of twentieth-century artists. In 1987 he established the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to promote photography, support museums that exhibit photographic art, and to fund medical research and finance projects in the fight against AIDS and HIV-related infection.

SCULPTURES

Robert Mapplethorpe

"Orchid Porcelain Plate 1989"

Sculpture

Porcelain

12 x 12 in  |  30 x 30 cm
$2,000 USD Firm
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

PHOTOGRAPHS

Robert Mapplethorpe

"Self Portrait 1973"

Photograph

accompanied by the black paper Polaroid film jacke

3 x 2 in  |  8 x 5 cm
Price on request OBO
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST
SIMILAR ARTISTS
 
ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE ART WANTED
LISTINGS YOU MAY LIKE

Christopher Felver

"Mark Motherbaugh"

Limited Edition Print

Digital

40 x 36 in  |  102 x 91 cm
$4,700 USD
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

Tom Kelley

"Marilyn Dean #3018 Nude"

Limited Edition Print

Giclee

22 x 17 in  |  56 x 43 cm
$2,000 USD Firm
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

Edward S. Curtis

"Water Carriers (Hopi Women)"

Photograph

Toned Gelatin Silver Print

8 x 6 in  |  20 x 15 cm
$4,200 USD OBO
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

Rodney Lough, Jr.

"Burning Bush AP 1/50"

Limited Edition Print

Fuji Crystal Archive

40 x 30 in  |  102 x 76 cm
$28,900 USD Firm
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

Julie Cook

"Some Las Vegas Strip Clubs Series, 2 2006"

Limited Edition Print

C-Type Print

48 x 48 in  |  122 x 122 cm
$6,800 USD OBO
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

Eugene Atget

"Untitled Archway"

Photograph

10 x 8 in  |  25 x 20 cm
$5,700 USD OBO
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

Doug and Mike Starn

"Triple Christ 1987"

Photograph

Photographic Collage

43 x 40 in  |  109 x 102 cm
Price on Request OBO
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

Tom Kelley

"Rick Springfield's Jack Russell Terrier"

Photograph

Giclee

20 x 16 in  |  51 x 41 cm
$2,000 USD Firm
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

Michael Fatali

"Poetry in Motion AP"

Limited Edition Print

Cibachrome Original

30 x 40 in  |  76 x 102 cm
Price on request OBO
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

Peter Lik

"Sunlit Birches (Telluride, Colorado)"

Limited Edition Print

Silver Halide Fuji Crystal Archive Print

39 x 59 in  |  99 x 150 cm
$8,000 USD OBO
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

Berenice Abbott

"News Stand"

Photograph

Gelatin Sliver Print, 1940\'s

7 x 9 in  |  19 x 24 cm
$8,500 USD OBO
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

Christopher Makos

"Illusion 2006"

Limited Edition Print

Suite of 4 Digital Pigment Prints w/ Varnish

24 x 18 in  |  60 x 44 cm
Price on Request
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

Helmut Newton

"Sumo Book"

Other

Book

36 x 27 in  |  91 x 69 cm
$16,000 USD OBO
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

Doug and Mike Starn

"Gold Rose"

Photograph

Photographic Collage

53 x 32 x 3 in  |  135 x 81 x 8 cm
Price on request OBO
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST

Paul Strand

"Men of Santa Ana - Photogravure, From the 1967 Edition"

Photograph

Photogravure

16 x 12 in  |  40 x 31 cm
$2,000 USD Firm
    MAKE AN OFFER
    ASK A QUESTION
    ADD LISTING TO WATCHLIST