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ID: 500090430
Page Link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/ulan/500090430

 
Record Type: Person
Mapplethorpe, Robert (American photographer, sculptor, and collagist, 1946-1989)

Note: Mapplethorpe studied painting at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he met singer/poet Patti Smith in 1968, whom he later photographed for her album covers. His initial interest in photography took the form of collages from photographs he found, but in 1972 he began to take pictures with a Polaroid camera. His images are classical and formal in appearance, his favorites subjects being male nudes, flowers, and still lifes. His homoerotic images became the subject of a much publicized obscenity charge in 1990 involving the Cincinnati Art Museum. Mapplethorpe also did a series of self-portraits toward the end of his life, documenting his deteriorating health from AIDS.

Names:
Mapplethorpe, Robert (preferred,V,index,LC)
Robert Mapplethorpe (V,display)
Mapplethorpe, Bob (V)
Maplethorpe, Robert (V)

Nationalities:
American (preferred)

Roles:
artist (preferred)
photographer
sculptor
collagist
multimedia artist

Gender: male

Birth and Death Places:
Born:  New York City (New York state, United States) (inhabited place)
Died:  New York City (New York state, United States) (inhabited place)

Related People or Corporate Bodies:
associate of ....  Leatherdale, Marcus  Leatherdale was office manager and model for Mapplethorpe in 1980s
......................  (Canadian photographer, active 20th century) [500102077]
collaborated with ....  Smith, Patti  
................................  (American singer, artist, and poet, born 1946) [500350488]
patron was ....  Wagstaff, Samuel J.  
..................  (American curator and collector, 1921-1987) [500125450]

List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Persons, Artists
 ........  Mapplethorpe, Robert (I)

Biographies:
(American photographer, sculptor, and collagist, 1946-1989) ..... [VP Preferred]
(American photographer, 1946-1989) ..... [BHA]
(American artist, 1946-1989) ..... [WL-Courtauld]
(American photographer, 1946-1989) ..... [Grove Art]
(artist) ..... [GRI Special Collections]
(artist) ..... [GRL]
(artist, active 20th century) ..... [GRISC]
(American artist, 1946-1989) ..... [MoMA]

Additional Names:

Sources and Contributors:
Maplethorpe, Robert ........ [VP]
........................................  Beckley, Architectural Education, the Profession and the University (1990)
Mapplethorpe, Bob ........ [VP]
....................................  DeRogatis, Patti Smith Recounts her Friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe (2010)
Mapplethorpe, Robert ........ [BHA Preferred, GRISC Preferred, GRL Preferred, Grove Art Preferred, MoMA, WL-Courtauld Preferred]
..........................................  Artists, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York (2000-)
..........................................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
..........................................  GRI Special Collections Finding Aids databases (1980-) 2006M8
..........................................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
..........................................  Harald Szeemann papers, Finding Aid, GRI Special Collections (2011-)
..........................................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) n 82131041
..........................................  Witt Library, Authority files
Robert Mapplethorpe ........ [GRISC, GRL, MoMA Preferred, VP]
........................................  Artists, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York (2000-)
........................................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
........................................  Harald Szeemann papers, Finding Aid, GRI Special Collections (2011-)

Subject: ........ [BHA, Gallery Systems, GRISC, GRL, Grove Art, MoMA, VP, WL-Courtauld]
....................  Arts 51/8 (1977)
....................  Auer, Encyclop├ędie des Photographes (1985)
....................  Berkshire Eagle (10 March 1989)
....................  BHA, Authority file (1973-)
....................  Byrd, Potentially Harmful, the Art of American Censorship (2006) 38, 123
....................  Gallery Systems (2000-) LOC ID: n82131041
....................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
....................  GRI Special Collections Finding Aids databases (1980-)
....................  Grove Art artist database (1989-)
....................  Harald Szeemann papers, Finding Aid, GRI Special Collections (2011-)
....................  Library of Congress Authorities database (n.d.) LOC ID: n82131041
....................  Szarkowski, Mirrors and Windows (1978)
....................  Who's Who in American Art (1936-) 1986
....................  Witt Library, Authority files
 
Note:
English .......... [VP, WL-Courtauld]
.......... Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-)
.......... Grove Art Online (2008-)
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