Born in New York in 1946, Robert Mapplethorpe died in the same city in 1989. He studied art at the Pratt Institute from 1963 to 1969, when he moved in with singer and artist Patti Smith at the Chelsea Hotel. Together they met the members of the famous studio that Andy Warhol had opened five years earlier, the Factory. Mapplethorpe’s photographic practice was consolidated after a visit to the photographic archives of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1971.
In 1972, the collector Sam Wagstaff became his friend and patron, and bought him a studio. He then began to exhibit regularly and from 1980 collaborated with various magazines, including Vogue, producing mainly advertising photographs. His homo-erotic photographs made him known to the general public and unleashed the wrath of puritan America on the occasion of the exhibition The Perfect Moment organized by Janet Kardon at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Philadelphia in 1988, which went back over 25 years of his work.
Y Portofolio, 1978
Ed 8/25 + 6AP
13 parts, each 19.1 x 19.1 cm