Robert Mapplethorpe: Flowers

Robert Mapplethorpe: Flowers

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Among the motifs considered to be typically Mapplethorpe--i.e. nudes, portraits, black men, and the New York gay scene--flowers had a firmly-established (albeit less spectacular) position. The first date from the seventies; the last were taken shortly before his death. Design was also dominant here; the perfect, emphatically artifical arrangement. And in the final analysis, he was also concerned with the same subject: stylizing sexuality into a still life. Under Mapplethorpe's gaze, flowers lose their mellifluous-ness and innocent symbolism. They suddenly reveal a perfidious, at times decadent, eloquence. Once again one encounters two things in their utmost perfection: erotic drama and absolute clarity of composition--the celestial poles and quintessence of Mapplethorpe's work. His long-time partner, singer-songwriter Patti Smith, composed a farewell poem for this volume.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 140 pages
  • 280 x 340 x 15.75mm | 1,124.91g
  • Munchen, Germany
  • English
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • 60 colour plates
  • 3829606788
  • 9783829606783
  • 31,103

About Patti Smith

Robert Mapplethorpe, geboren 1946, wurde ab Anfang der 1980er-Jahre von einem größeren Publikum wahrgenommen, zunächst vor allem in New York. Viele Persönlichkeiten ließen sich von ihm porträtieren, unter anderem Andy Warhol, Deborah Harry, Richard Gere, Peter Gabriel, Grace Jones, Paloma Picasso und Patti Smith. Es war geradezu in, sich von Mapplethorpe fotografieren zu lassen. Mapplethorpes Arbeiten wurden in den USA häufig in öffentlich finanzierten Ausstellungen gezeigt.

Patti Smith, geboren 1946 in Chicago, Rockmusikerin, Dichterin, Performance-Künstlerin, Malerin und Fotografin. Seit dem Album Horses (1975) eine Ikone der Punk-, Wave- und Frauenbewegung. 2008 zeigte Patti Smith ihr künstlerisches Werk in Paris. 2007 wurde Patti Smith in die Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame aufgenommen. Patti Smith hat zwei Kinder und lebt in New York City.
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