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28 juillet 2011 4 28 /07 /juillet /2011 13:13


robert mapplethorpe at i8 gallery

robert mapplethorpe
i8 gallery, reykjavik, iceland
july 28, 2011 to september 10, 2011

'self portrait' (1983) by robert mapplethorpe, on display at i8 gallery, reykjavik 
all works © robert mapplethorpe foundation 
used by permission of i8 gallery, reykjavik

i8 gallery in reykjavik is displaying an exhibition of works by photographer robert mapplethorpe. though he is known primarily 
for his images, the new york native began his studies at brooklyn's pratt institute experimenting with mixed-media collages, 
influenced by artists such as joseph cornell and marcel duchamp. mapplethorpe acquired a polaroid camera in 1970 and began 
producing photographs to incorporate as source material, though he quickly found satisfaction the medium in its own right.

he developed a body of work by shooting his circle of friends and acquaintances—artists, musicians, socialites, pornographic film
stars, and members of the S&M underground. despite his diagnosis with AIDS in 1986, he accelerated his creative efforts and 
accepted increasingly challenging commissions until his death in 1989.

featuring mapplethorpe's documentation throughout the '80s, this exhibition highlights his preferred genres of stylized 
compositions of male and female nudes, delicate flower still lifes, and studio portraits of celebrities—shocking for their content 
and notable for their technical and formal mastery. the show also demonstrates the artist's range of formats, including color 
20" x 24" polaroids, photogravures, platinum prints on paper and linen, cibachrome and dye transfer color prints. 

an opening reception for this exhibition will take place on thursday, july 28th from 5 to 7pm.

'allistair butler' (1980)

'william burroughs' (1980)

'NYC contemporary ballet' (1980)

'hand' (1980)

'poppy' (1982)

'flower' (1986)

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