Robert Mapplethorpe

About the Authors

Arthur C. Danto was a revered critic, philosopher, and author.

Mark Holborn is a writer, editor, and book designer. He collaborated with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation on the original volumes of Mapplethorpe's work.

Dimitri Levas is an art director who worked closely with Mapplethorpe for years, and with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation on numerous publications.

Patti Smith is a writer, performer, and visual artist.

Andrew Sullivan is an author, editor, and political commentator.

Robert Mapplethorpe

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Edited by Mark Holborn and Dimitri Levas, with a new poem by Patti Smith and a new introduction by Andrew Sullivan
Known for his groundbreaking and provocative work, Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the 20th century’s most important and influential artists. He studied painting, drawing, and sculpture in Brooklyn in the 1960s and started taking photographs when he acquired a Polaroid camera in 1970. This comprehensive monograph provides an overview of the artist’s black-and-white photography—floral still lifes, nudes, self-portraits, and portraits, among other subjects—and also includes a selection of his color images.
  • Hardcover with slipcase
  • 384 pages, 250 illustrations
  • 12.125 x 11.5 inches
  • Published 2020

Editorial Review

"He was a rebel, an artist, a provocateur and a genius whose work transcends time." —Royal Photographic Society (RPS)
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