ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe

15 Dec 2018 – 23 Mar 2019

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Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Please note we are closed over Christmas from Sunday 23 December until Wednesday 2 January 2019

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The Atkinson

Southport, United Kingdom

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Robert Mapplethorpe is widely regarded as one of the world’s most important artists of the late twentieth century.


The group of photographs in ARTIST ROOMS is one of the best collections of his work in the world. The selection of work on display at The Atkinson will include iconic self-portraits, studies of flowers, portraits of many of the most influential artists and celebrities of the New York cultural scene in the 1980s. These include the artist’s close friend and muse Patti Smith and fellow artists Andy Warhol and David Hockney.

The exhibition also includes work from the late 1970s and early ’80s when Mapplethorpe was documenting the New York S&M scene. The resulting photographs are shocking for their content and remarkable for their technical and formal mastery.

In 1986 Mapplethorpe was diagnosed with AIDS. Despite his illness, he accelerated his creative efforts and continued to broaden the scope of his photographic inquiry. The Whitney Museum of American Art mounted his first major American museum retrospective in 1988, one year before his death in 1989. His vast, provocative, and powerful body of work has established him as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.

Open Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm

Please note we are closed over Christmas from Sunday 23 December and we will reopen on Wedensday 2 January 2019.

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