Cooperative of Photography


Exhibition Review: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Presents

16.08.2019

Currently on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in New York, is a yearlong, two-part exhibition in honor of the legacy that is Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989). Robert’s work, in his time was prolific and controversial. In 1993, the Guggenheim was gifted approximately two hundred photographic works of Roberts. This exhibition showcases the works, in one of the largest comprehensive public displays of Robert’s work to date. The first part of the exhibition features highlights from Robert’s early Polaroids, collages and mixed-media works. The second part, reflects Robert’s impact on contemporary photography, featuring works by:
Rotimi Fani-Kayode (b. 1955, Lagos, Nigeria; d. 1989, London), Lyle Ashton Harris (b. 1965, Bronx, NY), Glenn Ligon (b. 1960, Bronx, NY), Zanele Muholi (b. 1972, Umlazi, South Africa), Catherine Opie (b. 1961, Sandusky, OH), and Paul Mpagi Sepuya (b. 1982, San Bernardino, CA).

The show runs January 25 - July10, and July 24,2019 - January 5, 2020.

The exhibition is organized by Lauren Hinkson, Associate Curator, Collections, and Susan Thompson, Associate Curator, with Levi Prombaum, Curatorial Assistant, Collections.

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Want more? Check out the exhibition here.

Titles:

1. Installation view: Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
January 25–July 10, 2019 and July 24, 2019–January 5, 2020
Photo: David Heald

2. Installation view: Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
January 25–July 10, 2019 and July 24, 2019–January 5, 2020
Photo: David Heald

3. Robert Mapplethorpe
Patti Smith, 1976
Gelatin silver print, 35.2 x 34.9 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 93.4278
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

4. Robert Mapplethorpe
Pictures / Self Portrait, 1977
Gelatin silver print, 35.2 x 34.6 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 93.4280
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

5. Lisa Lyon, 1982
Gelatin silver print, 48.7 x 38.7 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 93.4294
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission

6. Robert Mapplethorpe
Candy Darling, 1973
Four dye diffusion transfer prints (Polaroids), in painted plastic mounts and acrylic frame, 9.5 x 7.1 cm each; 14.3 x 38.3 x 6.7 cm overall
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 95.4306
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.
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7. Robert Mapplethorpe
Ajitto, 1981
Gelatin silver print, 45.6 x 35.6 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 95.4322
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

8. Robert Mapplethorpe
Phillip Prioleau, 1982
Gelatin silver print, 38.4 x 38.9 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 96.4362
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

9. Robert Mapplethorpe
Self Portrait, 1985
Gelatin silver print, 38.7 x 40.5 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 96.4372
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

10. Robert Mapplethorpe
Untitled (Self Portrait), 1973
Six dye diffusion transfer prints (Polaroids), in painted plastic mounts and acrylic frame, 9.5 x 7.3 cm
each; 27.6 x 28.7 x 6.7 cm overall
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 93.4276
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

11. Robert Mapplethorpe
Self Portrait, 1980
Gelatin silver print, 35.6 x 35.6 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 93.4289
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

12. Robert Mapplethorpe
Calla Lily, 1986
Gelatin silver print, 48.9 x 49.1 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Gift, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation 93.4302
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.


Written by Rowynn Dumont


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