Robert Mapplethorpe

(1946 - 1989)
Robert Mapplethorpe Self Portrait 1980 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Biography

The American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe became famous, not to say, notorious, in the 1970s and 1980s for his photographs of the male nude and sexually explicit, gay imagery. Although often considered controversial, Mapplethorpe tested the right to individual freedom of expression. These images were not meant to be titillating or obscene but beautiful in a traditionally classical way. His work, therefore, holds a significant place in the history of artistic struggle to depict the world as it is, with honesty and truth. His nudes, when considered alongside his portraits of children and flower photographs, show him to be overwhelmingly interested in the beauty and transience of life. Mapplethorpe, even when facing death from AIDS, affirmed the beauty of the here and now.

Exhibitions

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ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe - Inverness Museum & Art Gallery
  • 26 April 2009 to 27 June 2009
  • Free
Inverness Museum & Art Gallery
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ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
  • 7 August 2015 to 7 November 2015
  • Free
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
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ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe - Burgh Hall
  • 24 March 2012 to 8 July 2012
  • Free
Burgh Hall, Dunoon
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ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe - Clydebank Museum & Art Gallery
  • 28 February 2015 to 23 May 2015
  • Free
Clydebank Museum & Art Gallery
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ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe - Graves Gallery
  • 19 December 2009 to 27 March 2010
  • Free
Graves Gallery, Sheffield
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ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe - Old Gala House
  • 11 May 2013 to 11 August 2013
  • Free
Old Gala House, Galashiels
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ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe - Perth Museum and Art Gallery
  • 10 November 2012 to 27 April 2013
  • Free
Perth Museum & Art Gallery
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ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe - Tate Modern
  • 11 May 2014 to 26 October 2014
  • Free
Tate Modern
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ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe - The Bowes Museum
  • 28 November 2015 to 24 April 2016
  • Free
The Bowes Museum, County Durham
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ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe - The Gallery at Linlithgow Burgh Halls
  • 20 July 2012 to 28 October 2012
  • Free
The Gallery at Linlithgow Burgh Halls