Works from 1980 to 1989
23/05/2013 - 19/07/2013
Galería Elvira González is pleased to announce the
gallery's second exhibition of work by the North American photographer Robert
Mapplethorpe (New York, 1946 – Boston, 1989), which will open on May 23rd.
The show presents 32 works dating between 1980 and
1989. The selection consists of variouscompositions that draw their inspiration from forms and fragments of the
human body, in particular male nudes and portraits of Mapplethorpe's frequent
model, Lisa Lyon. In addition, among the works on view are a number of
photographs of animals, plants and objects, all of which display the vivid
light contrasts and suggestive geometry that characterize Mapplethorpe's work.
One of the most important photographers of the 20th
century, Robert Mapplethorpe began his artistic career in New York in
the late 1960's. His photographs from the early 1970's, which included
polaroids of his immediate environment, depicted New York's underground scene
and were imbued with a pronounced homoeroticism. Mapplethorpe also created
photographic collages, occasionally on serigraphed canvases.
By the early 1980's Mapplethorpe's work began to
evolve toward greater refinement and a more developed sense of classical
beauty. His sculpture-like male and female nudes, his straightforward portraits
of celebrities, and his still-lifes with flowers date from this period.
Although he worked with color on certain occasions, Mapplethorpe
was intensely absorbed by black-and-white photography's capacity for minimalist
elegance. At the same time, he continued expanding his photography's scope by
incorporating new formats and techniques to his oeuevre, such as silver-gelatin
prints, photo-engravings, platinum prints on paper and textiles, and
Mapplethorpe's photographs of flowers, like his
portraits, are carefully arranged combinations of curves and phallic symbols
that succeed in transmitting a raw and powerful sexuality. At the same time,
the compositional play of light and shadow connect photography itself with
pleasure and eroticism.
The show, which forms part of the PHotoEspaña Off
Festival, will be on view at Galería Elvira González until July 19th.