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Untitled (Self-Portrait)

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Untitled (Self-Portrait)


Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946 - 1989)




about 1974


Polaroid diffusion print

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8.9 × 11.4 cm (3 1/2 × 4 1/2 in.)


© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

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Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to The J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Object Description

Self portrait of the artist as he hugs the edge of a white brick wall and looks downward. He is shirtless and wears a leather wrist band.

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium (March 15 to July 31, 2016)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (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. 35 (variant).

Mapplethorpe, Robert. Robert Mapplethorpe: Early Works 1970-1974, exh. cat. (New York: Robert Miller Gallery, 1991), pl. 40 (variant).

Celant, Germano. Robert Mapplethorpe: Tra antico e modern. Un'antologia, exh. cat. (Firenze: Artificio; Milano: Skira, 2005), p. 79 (variant).

Wolf, Sylvia. Polaroids: Mapplethorpe, exh. cat. (Munich; New York: Prestel, 2007), p. 58, fig. 38 (variant).

Falletti, Franca and Jonathan Nelson, eds.Robert Mapplethorpe: Perfection in Form, exh. cat. (Kempen, Germany; New York: teNeues, 2009), p. 110, pl. 19 (variant).

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