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Derrick Cross
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Derrick Cross 1983

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
This is one of many photographs in which Mapplethorpe focuses on a part of the body. The surrealist artist Man Ray had taken similar photographs of a torso, but had given greater emphasis to the face-like appearance of the body with nipples as eyes and navel as mouth. Mapplethorpe’s photograph is much more a study of muscular form. With the draped fabric around his waist, similarities can also be drawn with classical sculpture.


  • Acc. No. AR00194
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 50.80 x 40.60 cm (framed: 75.00 x 62.00 cm)
  • Credit 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