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Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946 - 1989)




New York, New York, United States (Place Created)




Gelatin silver print

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35.4 × 35.7 cm (13 15/16 × 14 1/16 in.)


© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

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Jointly acquired by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with funds provided by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation

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Object Description

Cropped self-portrait in which the shirtless photographer extends his right arm out to his side while smiling. He occupies the upper right corner of the composition and his arm extends across the entire image.

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium (March 15 to July 31, 2016)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), March 15 to July 31, 2016
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium (September 10, 2016 to March 4, 2018)
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montréal), September 10, 2016 to January 22, 2017
  • Kunsthal Rotterdam, April 22 to August 27, 2017
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), October 28, 2017 to March 4, 2018

Marshall, Richard. Robert Mapplethorpe, exh. cat. (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art in association with New York Graphic Society Books, 1988), p. 73.

Mapplethorpe, Robert.Robert Mapplethorpe: Ten by Ten (Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 1988), pl. 47.

Kardon, Janet. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, exh. cat., 2nd ed. (Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 1989), p. 30.

Danto, Arthur C. Mapplethorpe (New York: Random House, 1992), pl. 37.

Celant, Germano. Mapplethorpe versus Rodin, exh. cat. (Milano: Electa, 1992), p. 39, pl. 11.

Celant, Germano. Mapplethorpe, exh. cat. (London: Hayward Gallery; Electa; SBC, 1992), p. 97.

Morrisroe, Patricia. Mapplethorpe: A Biography (New York: Random House, 1995), p. 124.

Love's Body: Rethinking Naked and Nude in Photography, exh. cat. (Tokyo: Asahi Shimbun, 1998), p. 75, pl. 68.

Levas, Dimitri, ed. Pictures: Robert Mapplethorpe (Santa Fe: Arena Editions; New York: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 1999), unpaginated.

Celant, Germano. Robert Mapplethorpe: Tra antico e modern. Un'antologia, exh. cat. (Firenze: Artificio; Milano: Skira, 2005), p. 87.

Falletti, Franca and Jonathan Nelson, eds.Robert Mapplethorpe: Perfection in Form, exh. cat. (Kempen, Germany; New York: teNeues, 2009), p. 18, fig. 2.

Baldwin, Gordon. Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits, exh. cat. (Palm Springs: Palm Springs Art Museum, 2009), p. 39, pl. 1; p. 242, no. 59.

Martineau, Paul and Britt Salvesen, eds. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Photographs, exh. cat.  (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2016).