Robert Mapplethorpe at the Atkinson

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Robert Mapplethorpe  is the subject of an exhibition at The Atkinson, a space located in Southport, England. Running from 15 December to 23 March 2019, the selection of photographs in ARTIST ROOMS is one of the most remarkable collections of the American artist’s work in the world. Mapplethorpe’s ambitious, provocative, and powerful body of work has established him as one of the most significant artists of the twentieth century.

The exhibition includes self-portraits, controversial flowers, and depictions of the 1980s NY cultural scenes. Portraits of artists and cultural figures such as the artist’s close friend and muse Patti Smith and fellow artists Andy Warhol and David Hockney are highlights of this show.

The exhibition also includes work from the late 1970s and early ’80s when Mapplethorpe was documenting the New York S&M scene. The resulting photographs are shocking for their content and remarkable for their technical and formal mastery.

 

Image: Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, 1975 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Photo © Antonia Reeve