Xavier Hufkens

Robert Mapplethorpe

Thomas, 1987
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Robert Mapplethorpe became one of the most well known American photographers of the 20th century. He began taking photographs in the 1970s using a Polaroid camera and showed his work for the first time at the Light Gallery, New York, in 1973. In 1976, he purchased a Hasselbald medium-format camera and, working primarily in the studio, began producing large-scale still lifes (of subjects such as lilies and skulls), interiors, nudes, portraits and self-portraits. His studio-based work is notable for its great formal precision. Mapplethorpe also photographed his circle of friends and celebrities, including Patti Smith, and he occasionally produced pictures for Andy Warhol's Interview magazine. In the late 1970s, he documented the New York sadomasochistic scene and published the X Portfolio in 1978 (a group of thirteen silver gelatin prints depicting homoerotic and sadomasochistic subjects). In 1988, the inclusion of some of these explicit images in his major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art ignited a fierce public debate in America about censorship and the public funding of the arts. Several series of his photographs were collated into now-famous books, including Lady, Lisa Lyon with Bruce Chatwin (1983), Black Book with Ntozake Shange (1986), 50 New York Artists (1986), Some Women with Joan Didion (1989) and Flowers (1990).

 

Robert Mapplethorpe was born in Floral Park, Queens, USA, in 1946. He died in Boston in 1989. Xavier Hufkens works in partnership with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.


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Terry Beans, 1980
Silver gelatin print (edition of 15 + 3 AP)
40.6 × 50.8 cm | 16 × 20 inches

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Lisa Lyon, 1980
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40,6 × 50,8 cm | 16 × 20 inches

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Thomas, 1987
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58,4 × 48,3 cm | 22 3/8 × 19 inches

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Lydia Cheng, 1985
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50,8 × 40,6 cm | 20 × 16 inches

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Calla Lillies, 1985
gelatin silver print (edition of 10 + 2 AP)
40,64 × 50,8 cm | 16 × 20 inches

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Rose, 1982
silver gelatin print (edition of 10 + 2 AP)
40,6 × 50,8 cm | 16 × 20 inches

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Mark Breland, 1983
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50,8 × 40,6 cm | 20 × 16 inches

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Winter Landscape, 1979
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Alistair Butler, 1980
silver gelatin print (edition of 15 + 3 AP)
40,6 × 50,8 cm | 16 × 20 inches

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NYC Contemporary Ballet, 1980
Silver gelatin print (edition of 15 + 3 AP)
40,6 × 50,8 cm | 16 × 20 inches

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Sybill Walker, 1979
(edition of 10 + 2 AP), Silver gelatin print
40,6 × 50,8 cm | 16 × 20 inches

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Phillip, 1979
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Boot Fetish, 1979
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Gardenia, 1978
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Lily, 1979
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Lily, 1979
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Patti Smith, 1978
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Charles Tennant, 1978
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Marcus Leatherdale, 1978
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Peter Berlin, 1977
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Colin Streeter, 1981
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Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1976
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Untitled (Randy), 1975
B&W polaroïd
14,6 × 10,5 cm | 5 3/4 × 4 1/8 inches

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Untitled (Charles and Jim), 1974
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8,6 × 10,8 cm | 3 3/8 × 4 1/4 inches

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Untitled (Bondage), 1974
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10,8 × 8,6 cm | 4 1/4 × 3 3/8 inches

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Untitled, c.1973
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13,3 × 10,8 cm | 5 1/4 × 4 1/4 inches

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Untitled, 1973
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10,8 × 8,6 cm | 4 1/4 × 3 3/8 inches

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Untitled (Eddie in front of fireplace), c.1972
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8,9 × 10,8 cm | 3 1/2 × 4 1/4 inches

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Exhibitions

2013

Robert Mapplethorpe
Au Début (works from 1970 to 1979)

2011

Group exhibition
Everything You Can Imagine Is Real…

2009

Sterling Ruby
Sterling Ruby & Robert Mapplethorpe