Robert Mapplethorpe

Lowell Smith

About this artwork

This is a beautiful example of the way that Mapplethorpe would often photograph the human body, or parts of it, against a geometrical, abstract background. The white board is viewed at a 90-degree angle so that it appears only as surface, as a white rectangle. There is little sense of depth, so that the man’s hands and arm stand out in contrast. Mapplethorpe may have been inspired to do this and other close-ups of parts of the body by the photographs that Alfred Stieglitz took of Georgia O’Keeffe’s hands around 1918-20 or that Man Ray took of Meret Oppenheim’s inked arm and hand in 1933.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Lowell Smith
  • date created:
    1981
  • materials:
    Gelatin silver print on paper
  • measurements:
    35.30 x 35.50 cm (framed: 60.50 x 58.60 x 3,5 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • accession number:
    AR00161
  • gallery:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe