As part of the ARTIST ROOMS 2012 programme, Perth Museum & Art Gallery will be part of a tour within Scotland focusing on the American artist Robert Mapplethorpe. The show will examine his understanding of form and light in the composition of formal portraits, still lifes and figurative works that celebrate the sensual quality of nature and the human body.
The works relate strongly to the museum’s permanent collection of fine art that includes portraits from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Dutch old master still lifes and studies of the nude and human figure, a staple of western art dating back to the classical forms of Greek sculpture. Among the works to be selected will be examples of Mapplethorpe’s flower studies and portraits of the most influential artists, writers and musicians of the 1970s and 1980s, alongside iconic self portraits.
Perth Museum and Art Gallery