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Critically praised for his finely modeled and classically composed photographs, Mapplethorpe remains intensely controversial and enormously popular. Revealing the themes that would inspire Mapplethorpe throughout his career, this book brings together almost three hundred images, many never published, from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation's archive and private collections, to provide a critical view of Mapplethorpe's formative years as an artist. Included is a selection of his colour Polaroids and objects incorporating his early instant photographs. Some images convey a disarming tenderness and vulnerability, while others a toughness and immediacy that would give way in later years to more classical form. The author traces the development of Mapplethorpe's use of instant photography during a period of five years, from 1970 to 1975, when the artist worked mainly in this medium. The images include self-portraits, figure studies, still lifes, portraits of lovers and friends such as Patti Smith, Sam Wagstaff and Marianne Faithful and observations of everyday objects. Marked by a spontaneity and creative curiosity, these fragile images offer an illuminating contrast to the glossy perfection of the work for which Mapplethorpe is best known, allowing us a more personal glimpse of his artistry.
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SYLVIA WOLF is adjunct curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She is the author of numerous critical works on photography, including Ed Ruscha and Photography, Julia Margaret Cameron's Women, and Michal Rovner: The Space Between.
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Book Description Prestel Pub, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P113791338358
Book Description Prestel Pub, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. First. Seller Inventory # DADAX3791338358