Robert Mapplethorpe: The Nymph Photography
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Robert Mapplethorpe: The Nymph Photography

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Robert Mapplethorpe's wide, provocative and powerful body of work has established him as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. The American photographer is mostly known for images that simultaneously challenge and adhere to classical aesthetic standards: stylised compositions of male and female nudes, delicate flower still lifes and studio portraits of artists and celebrities, to list a few of his preferred genres. Since 1977 Germano Celant has come in contact with Robert Mapplethorpe, realising interviews and writing essays on the occasion of several publications and exhibitions. For the first time, this volume gathers the complete anthology of Celant's writings on the artist: from the 1983 exhibition at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, projected with the collaboration of the artist himself, to the posthumous writings published in the catalogues prepared on the occasion of the exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg since 1990. This book, through over 140 images and texts that appear both personal and scientific, aims to pay tribute to Robert Mapplethorpe's contribution to the history of photography.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 248 x 286 x 22mm | 1,399.98g
  • SKIRA
  • Milan, Italy
  • English
  • 180 colour illustrations
  • 8857222446
  • 9788857222448
  • 842,158

About Germano Celant

Germano Celant, a renowned art historian, critic, and theoretician, has served as the curator of hundreds of exhibitions worldwide and published more than one hundred books and catalogs.show more

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-A generation away from the controversies surrounding the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Nymph Photography that surveys the photographer's aesthetic career and puts so much in perspective about the artist and his work. It is in many respects a revisit of unfinished business. There have been many Mapplethorpe volumes that usually group his photographs--flowers, still-lifes, nudes, celebrities, and classical statuary--separately, but in this volume they are considered together. This Skira volume is handsomely formatted and features several full-page reprints of Mapplethorpe's work, with fine plate transfers.- -New York Journal of Books "A generation away from the controversies surrounding the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Nymph Photography that surveys the photographer's aesthetic career and puts so much in perspective about the artist and his work. It is in many respects a revisit of unfinished business. There have been many Mapplethorpe volumes that usually group his photographs--flowers, still-lifes, nudes, celebrities, and classical statuary--separately, but in this volume they are considered together. This Skira volume is handsomely formatted and features several full-page reprints of Mapplethorpe's work, with fine plate transfers." -New York Journal of Booksshow more

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