Robert Mapplethorpe: Flowers (Hardcover)

Robert Mapplethorpe: Flowers By Patti Smith (Text by) Cover Image
By Patti Smith (Text by)
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Among the motifs considered to be typically Mapplethorpe--i.e. nudes, portraits, black men, and the New York gay scene--flowers had a firmly-established (albeit less spectacular) position. The first date from the seventies; the last were taken shortly before his death. Design was also dominant here; the perfect, emphatically artifical arrangement. And in the final analysis, he was also concerned with the same subject: stylizing sexuality into a still life. Under Mapplethorpe's gaze, flowers lose their mellifluous-ness and innocent symbolism. They suddenly reveal a perfidious, at times decadent, eloquence. Once again one encounters two things in their utmost perfection: erotic drama and absolute clarity of composition--the celestial poles and quintessence of Mapplethorpe's work. His long-time partner, singer-songwriter Patti Smith, composed a farewell poem for this volume.

Product Details
ISBN: 9783829606783
ISBN-10: 3829606788
Publisher: Schirmer Mosel
Publication Date: May 12th, 2014
Pages: 140
Language: English