Robert Mapplethorpe (1983)
About this artwork
Robert Mapplethorpe was a highly successful American photographer who came to prominence in the 1970s for his photographs of explicit, erotic scenes, flowers and portraits. He lived up to the image of the ‘bad boy of photography’ in his ‘tough’ poses and ‘teddy-boy’ haircut and clothes. His very first exhibition was a group show in New York with Warhol among others. They both made portraits of each other in 1983.
- title: Robert Mapplethorpe
- accession number: AR00232
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Painting
- materials: Acrylic paint and silkscreen on canvas
- date created: 1983
- measurements: 101.70 x 101.70 x 3.50 cm
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.