Robert Mapplethorpe

Pictures / Self Portrait

About this artwork

Mapplethorpe is posing as a sharp suited office worker here, with only his hand in view. In contrast with another photograph of his hand in exactly the same action and position, the implication here is of daytime office culture and conformity. Its partner image by contrast suggests covert, countercultural fetishism, with the two images together contrasting day and night time behaviour in 1980s New York.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Pictures / Self Portrait
  • date created:
    1977
  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • measurements:
    35.20 x 34.60 cm (framed: 68.40 x 66.20 x 3.10 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Lent by Artist Rooms Foundation 2014
  • accession number:
    AL00360
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe