The definitive collection of Robert Mapplethorpe's flower photographs
Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) is one of the twentieth century's most important artists, known for his groundbreaking and provocative work. He studied painting, drawing, and sculpture in Brooklyn in the 1960s and started taking photographs when he acquired a Polaroid camera, in 1970.
Beginning in 1973 and until his death in 1989, Mapplethorpe explored the flower with extraordinary dedication, using a range of photographic processes — from Polaroids to dye-transfer color works. In carefully constructed compositions, he captured roses, orchids, snapdragons, daisies, tulips and other species — both common and rare — and forever transformed the way we perceive a classic and familiar subject. The result — a stunning body of work — is collected in this elegant book,Mapplethorpe Flora: The Complete Flowers.
It was his friend John McKendry, the first curator of photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who gave Mapplethorpe his first Polaroid as a gift in the early Seventies. Rather than subject his friends to posing for hours on end as he honed his skills, he decided to focus his lens on flowers.
These portraits of flowers also owe much to his friendship with Dimitris Levas, who wrote the touching preface to this book: ‘I got up at dawn on Saturday to go to the flower market on 28th Street, which opened its doors at the crack of dawn. I chose blooms that had the most architectural contours and that seemed to be the most perfect, in my eyes. Then I went to Robert’s loft at 32nd Street, put them in water and toddled off to the flea market on 26th Street to hunt for treasures. I popped back to Robert’s for lunch as he was having his breakfast and showed him the bits and bobs I had found; quite often he bought them off me. Around three or four o’clock in the afternoon he photographed what I had brought him in the morning.’
In carefully constructed compositions, he captured roses, orchids, snapdragons, daisies, tulips and other species — both common and rare — and forever transformed the way we perceive a classic and familiar subject. The result — a stunning body of work — is collected in this elegant book by Phaidon, Mapplethorpe Flora: The Complete Flowers.
SPECIFICATIONS Format:Hardback Size:308 x 292 mm (12 1/8 x 11 1/2 in) Pages:368 pp Illustrations:200 illustrations ISBN:9780714871318
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