Thursday 26 January 2012

Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe, at the Onassis Foundation was great fun and very informative as my previous knowledge of Mapplethorpe's work was photographs of Patti Smith and the male nudes he photographed in his early career, the ones with all those whips and the leather. There is so much more to his work, I learnt yesterday. I was totally entranced by his photographs of flowers - not since Georgia O'Keefe's paintings have I been so touched by pictures of flowers. I also loved the portraits and some of the sculpture-like nudes of his later period as well as the 'white gauze' series.

We were also able to watch a film on his work and life which was very good - as the credits started rolling, we realised that it was a BBC Arena film made in 1986!

We were not allowed to take photographs of the exhibition but thanks to the Mapplethorne Foundation I have been able to download some excellent ones, some of which I saw at the Onassis Foundation and some others that I would like to be able to see again. There are far too many, but I got carried away....


Poppy, 1988

Tulips, 1987

Calla Lilly, 1987

Double Jack in the Pulpit, 1988

Anenome, 1989

Calla Lilly, 1984

Tulips, 1987

<i>Tulips</i>, 1988

Tulips, 1988

Iris, 1982

Orchids, 1989

Orchid, 1987

Calla Lilly, 1984

Mum, 1989

<i>Orchid</i>, 1988

Orchid, 1988

Flowers, 1986

<i>Two Tulips</i>, 1984

Two Tulips, 1984

Male Nudes

Ajitto, 1981

<i>Thomas</i>, 1986

Thomas, 1986

Thomas, 1987

Female Nudes

Patti Smith, 1976

Barbara Heirston, 1983


<i>Lisa Lyon</i>, 1982

Lisa Lyon, 1982

Grace Jones, 1988

Ken Moody and Robert Sherman, 1984

<i>Molissa Fenley</i>, 1983

Molissa Fenley, 1983

Andy Warhol, 1986

Louise Nevelson, 1986

Isabella Rosellini, 1988

Gregory Hines, 1985

David Hockney, 1976

<i>Iggy Pop</i>, 1981

Iggy Pop, 1981

Paloma Picasso, 1980

Lindsey Kay, 1985

Patti Smith








Feet, (Marty Gibson), 1982

NYC Contemporary Ballet, 1980

White Gauze, 1984

White Gauze, 1984

Shell and Crystal, 1986

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