“HUNGER CRAVES UNION—TASTE DEMANDS DISTANCE. MAPPLETHORPE° PUSHES THESE OPPOSED TERMS to EXCRUCIATING EXTREMES, CREATING a MAGNETIC FIELD. HIS WORK° is NOT ABOUT GRATIFICATION, EITHER SEXUAL or AESTHETIC. ELEGANCE SPOILS IT as PORNOGRAPHY, and AVIDITY WRECKS IT as FASHION. IT is ABOUT a STRENUOUSLY MAINTAINED STATE of WANTING” PETER SCHJELDAHL°


ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE° was KNOWN FOR HIS CONTROVERSIAL LARGE-SCALE, STYLIZED BLACK and WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY°. HIS WORK FEATURED an ARRAY of SUBJECTS, INCLUDING CELEBRITY PORTRAITS°, MALE and FEMALE NUDES°, SELF-PORTRAITS° and STILL-LIFE IMAGES of FLOWERS° WIKIPEDIA°

NOVEMBER 4, 1946
—MARCH 9, 1989