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Robert Mapplethorpe

American, 1946-1989

Biography

Robert Mapplethorpe

  • (1946 - 1989)

    Born in 1946, Floral Park, US

Education

  • 1966-69     B.F.A. in Graphic Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, US (Dropout)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2022
    Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light, curated by Carol Ockman, Marie Shelby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota, US
    ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE - FLOWERS AND PEOPLE: a visual dialogue with Rufus Wainwright's opera "Hadrian", Palau Robert, Barcelona, Spain
    Robert Mapplethorpe, curated by Anthony Vaccarello, Saint Laurent Rive Droite, Paris, France; Los Angeles, US

    2021
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Looking Forward Looking Back, Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Canada
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Intérieur Jour, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
    Mapplethorpe: Escultura, Curated by Tobias Ostrander, Morán Morán, Mexico City, Mexico
    Robert Mapplethorpe, curated by Arthur Jafa, Gladstone Gallery, New York, US
    Robert Mapplethorpe: More Life, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

    2020
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Selected by Robert Wilson / Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ Portfolios, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany  

    2019    
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Artist Portraits, Mignoni, New York, US
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Still Life, Galería Elvira González, Madrid, Spain                      
    Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
    Robert Mapplethorpe, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland

    2018    
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Pictures, Fundaçao Serralves, Porto, Portugal                         
    Robert Mapplethorpe, Gladstone Gallery, New York, US

    2017    
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Objects, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria (traveled to  Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France)
    Robert Mapplethorpe, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

    2016    
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Icon, McCabe Fine Art, Stockholm, Sweden                           
    Robert Mapplethorpe - On the Edge, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark
    Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art / J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, US (Traveled to Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada, 2016 - 2017; Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2017; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2017 – 2018)

    2015    
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Femmes, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich, Switzerland
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Unique, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US                  

    2014    
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Sell the Public Flower, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany Mapplethorpe, Photographs & Polaroids, Charles Riva Collection, Brussels, Belgium       
    Robert Mapplethorpe, Grand Palais, Paris, France (Traveled to Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, 2015)
    ARTIST ROOMS: Robert Mapplethorpe, Tate Modern, London, UK (Traveled to Clydebank Museum and Art Gallery, Clydebank, Scotland; Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales; The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, UK, 2015)

    2013    
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Saints and Sinners, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Fashion Show, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Fetish, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Figure and Flower Studies, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, US

    2012    
    In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, US
    Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US

    2011    
    Robert Mapplethorpe: 50 Americans, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US          
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Night Work, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Desired, Galeri Nev, Istanbul, Turkey

    2010    
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Eros and Order, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina  

    2009    
    Robert Mapplethorpe: A Season in Hell, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Silver Prints and Polaroids in Context, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Women, Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, US

    2008   
    Mapplethorpe: Polaroids, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US (Traveled to Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Chicago, 2009; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, 2009)
    Robert Mapplethorpe: 50 New York Artists and Other Portraits, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, US

    2007    
    Vanitas: Robert Mapplethorpe, Galeria Pepe Cobo, Madrid, Spain
    Robert Mapplethorpe’s Y Portfolio, MIT List Visual Arts Centre, Cambridge, US

    2006    
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Still Moving & Lady, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK

    2005    
    Sacred and Profane / Sagrado y Profano, Fototeca de Cuba, Havana, Cuba
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Neoclassicism, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US
    Robert Mapplethorpe, Alison Jacques Gallery, London, UK
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Flowers, Galleri Skarstedt, Stockholm, Sweden

    2004    
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Body Part, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
    Robert Mapplethorpe, Black Nude Man, Galeria Senda Espai 292, Barcelona, Spain
    Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition: Photographs and Mannerist Prints, Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, Berlin (Traveled to The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2004-2005; Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia, 2005; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US, 2005; The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, Las Vegas, US, 2006–2007)

    2003 
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Eye to Eye, Kelly Gallery, New York, US
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Flower Photographs, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, US

    2002          
    Polaroids 1971–1975: Robert Mapplethorpe, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
    Robert Mapplethorpe. Museum of Contemporary Art, Sapporo, Japan (Traveled to Daimaru Museum, Tokyo, Japan 2002; Daimaru Museum, Shinsaibashi-Osaka, Japan, 2003)

    2001 
    Robert Mapplethorpe, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, US

    2000 
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Artists’ Portraits, Black Male Torsos, Flowers, Horses, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Auto-Portrait Polaroids of the 1970s, Cheim and Read, New York, US          

    1999 
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Flowers, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany
    Robert Mapplethorpe, Centre Cultural La Beneficencia, Valencia, Spain
    Photographs: 1982 – 1985, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, US

    1998 
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Works From 1971-1989, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

    1997  
    Mapplethorpe, Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas, Venezuela

    1996   
    Les Autoportraits de Mapplethorpe, Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France
    Photosommer: Robert Mapplethorpe–Polaroids, Galerie Stefan Röpke, Cologne, Germany
    Right From the Start: The Early Polaroids of Robert Mapplethorpe, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia

    1993 
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Self-Portraits, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US

    1992 
    Robert Mapplethorpe, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (Traveled to Centro di Documentazione di Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy, 1992; Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy, 1992; Moderna Museet, Stockholm,1992; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Prato, Italy, 1993; Residence of Embassador Negroponte, Manila, Philippines ,1993; Museo Pecci Prato, Prato, Italy, 1993; Turun Taidemuseo, Turku, Finland,1993; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium, 1993; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel      Aviv, Israel, 1994); Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain, 1994; KunstHaus, Wien, Vienna, Austria,1994; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, 1995; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 1995; City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 1995; Hayward Gallery, London, UK, 1996; Gallery of Photography, Dublin, Ireland, 1996; Museo de Art Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil, 1997; Staatdgalerie, Stuttgart, 1997)

    1991          
    Lady, ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, US

    1990 
    Robert Mapplethorpe, Martina Hamilton Gallery, New York, US

    1989 
    Robert Mapplethorpe En Retrospective, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Citadelpark, Gent, Belgium

    1988 
    Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US
    Robert Mapplethorpe, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
    Mapplethorpe Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Ten by Ten, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    1987          
    Robert Mapplethorpe 1986, Raab Galerie, Berlin / Kicken-Pausenback, Cologne, Germany
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Photograph, Claus Runkel Fine Art Ltd., London, UK

    1986 
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Photographs 1976-1985, Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, Australia

    1985 
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Recent Work in Platinum, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, US
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Black Flowers, Galeria Fernando Vijande, Madrid, Spain
    Process, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, US

    1984  
    Matrix 80, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, US
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Terrae Motus, Fondazione Lucio Amelio, Naples, Italy

    1983 
    Robert Mapplethorpe Flowers, Galerie Watari, Tokyo, Japan
    Lady, Lisa Lyon, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, US (Traveled to Rüdiger Schöttle Galerie, Munich, Germany; Fotografie Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany; Olympus Gallery, London, UK)
    Robert Mapplethorpe, Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

    1982 
    Black Males, Galleria il Ponte, Rome, Italy

    1981 
    Robert Mapplethorpe, Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany (Traveled to Fotogalerie Forum Stadtpark, Graz, Austria; Modern Art Galerie, Vienna; PPS Galerie F.C. Gundlach, Hamburg; Kunsthalle, Basel; Kunstverein, Munich; and Nikon Foto Galerie, Zurich)

    1980 
    Black And White Photographs, In a Plain Brown Wrapper Gallery, Chicago, US
    Robert Mapplethorpe, Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

    1979    
    Contact, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, US
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Foto’s/ Photographs. Galerie Jurka, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    1978    
    Censored, 80 Langton Street Gallery, San Francisco, US
    X Portfolio, Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, US

    1977    
    Flowers, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, US

    1973    
    Polaroids, Light Gallery, New York, US

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2021
    Music Box, Weinstein Hammons, Minneapolis, US
    30 Years in Paris, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France

    2020    
    Photography's Last Century: The Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
    Psychic Wounds: On Art & Trauma, The Warehouse, Dallas, US
    Masculinities: Liberation through Photography, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK (Traveling to LUMA Foundation, Arles, France, 2020; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, 2020 – 2021)
    Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs, Center for Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, US
    Body Performance, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Germany

    2019    
    Shape of Light: Defining Photographs from the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, US
    Vantage Points: Contemporary Photography from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, US
    Look At Me! The Body in Art from the 1950s up to today, Fondazione Ghisla Art Collection, Locarno, Switzerland
    1989 - Culture and Politics, National museum, Stockholm, Sweden
    Blossomed and Captured: Flowers in Photography / Aufgeblüht und abgelichtet, Blumen in der Fotografie, Galerie Stihl Waiblingen, Waiblingen, Germany
    ARTIST ROOMS Self Evidence: Woodman, Arbus and Mapplethorpe, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

    2018    
    Objects to Identify, Morán Morán, Los Angeles, US
    American Masters, 1940-1980, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Parkes, Australia
    DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics, Hayward Gallery, London, UK
    Safe, Gladstone Gallery, New York, US
    Flowers, Ordovas Gallery, London, UK
    IN THE CUT – The Male Body in Feminist Art, STADTGALERIE SAARBRÜCKEN, Saarbrücken, Germany
    Robert Mapplethorpe / Kilian Rüthemann, Xavier Laboulbenne, Berlin, Germany

    2017    
    BLACK AND WHITE REVELATION, Baudoin Lebon, Paris, France
    Dress Matters: Clothing as Metaphor, Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, Tucson, US
    La Parte Más Bella / The Most Beautiful Part, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
    The Unflinching Gaze: Photo Media & the Male Figure, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, Bathurst, Australia
    Histórias da Sexualidade, Museu de Arte São Paolo, São Paolo, Brazil
    Powermask, The Power of Masks, Wereldmuseum Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    This Is Not a Selfie, Curated by Deborah Irmas and Eve Schillo. San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, US
    Blurred Lines: A Matter of Attitude, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland
    The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology, Amon Carter Museum of Art, Fort Worth TX, US (Traveled to WestLicht Museum for Photography, Vienna, Austria, 2017- 2018; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, 2018; Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, 2018; C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2018; National Museum of Singapore, Singapore, 2018-2019; Musée McCord, Montréal, Canada, 2019; List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US, 2019-2020)
    Eternal Youth, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, US

    2016    
    REBEL REBEL: Art+Rock, Musée des Arts Contemporains au Grand Hornu, Brussels, Belgium
    Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York, Museum of the City of New York, New York, US
    Facing the World | Self-Portraits Rembrandt to Ai Weiwei, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
    Vanitas, Agnews Gallery, London, UK
    Performing for the Camera, Tate Modern, London, UK
    Mapplethorpe + Munch, The Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway

    2015    
    Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, US
    La Joie de Vivre, Grand Palais, Paris, France
    Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, US
    In The Garden, George Eastman House, Rochester, US
    Flaesh, Rudolfinum Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
    America Is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
    Arts & Foods, Fondazione La Triennale Di Milano, Milan, Italy
    The Story Of A Bad Boy, espacio artkunstarte, Madrid, Spain
    In the Studio, Gagosian Gallery, New York, US
    A Strong Smell of Incense, Pace London, London, UK

    2014    
    Urban Theater: NY Art in the 1980s, The Modern Art Museum Fort Worth, New York, US
    Formes Simples, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, France
    Mapplethorpe/Rodin, Musée Rodin, Paris, France
    American Cool, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C., US

    2013    
    The Classical Nude and the Making of Queer History, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, US
    Masculin / Masculin: l'homme nu dans l'art de 1800 à nos jours, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
    Shadowplay: Transgressive Photography from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, US
    Flowers and Mushrooms, Museum der Moderne-Monchsberg, Salzburg, Austria
    The Polaroid Years: Instant Photography and Experimentation, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, US (Traveled to Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, US)

    2012    
    Death: A Self-Portrait, The Wellcome Collection, London, UK
    From Van Gogh to FaceTime: Self-portraits in the 20th and 21st Centuries, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
    By Way of These Eyes: The Hyland Collection of American Photography, American Museum in Britain, Bath, UK
    Controversy: The Power of Art, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Australia
    Mapplethorpe and Michael Sayles, Xavier Laboulbenne, Berlin, Germany
    This Will Have Been: Art, Love, and Politics in the 1980s, MCA, Chicago, US (Traveled to Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, 2012; ICA Boston, Boston, US, 2012-2013)

    2011    
    Out of the Dark Room: The David Kronn Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
    Polaroid [Im]Possible, WestLicht Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vienna, Austria
    Off the Wall/Fora da Parede, Fundaçao Serralves, Porto, Portugal
    Unsettled: Photography and Politics in Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, US
    Heroínas, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain
    Legacy: The Emily Fisher Landau Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US

    2010    
    HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., US (Traveled to Brooklyn Museum, New York, US, 2011-2012; Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, US, 2012)
    Disquieting Images, Fondazione Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
    Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mayumi Terada, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, US
    Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera Since 1870, Tate Modern, London, UK (Traveled to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, US, 2010-2011; Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis, US, 2011)
    Revealed: The Tradition of Male Homoerotic Art, Central Connecticut State University Art Galleries, New Britain, US
    In the Vernacular, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US
    Keeping it Real: From the ready-made to the everyday, The D. Daskalopoulos Collection. Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

    2009    
    Sterling Ruby / Robert Mapplethorpe, Brussels, Belgium
    Tears of Eros, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza and Fundación Caja Madrid, Madrid, Spain
    Shake It: An Instant History of the Polaroid, Pump House Gallery, London, UK
    Messiások / Messiahs: Western man and the idea of redemption in modern and contemporary visual arts, MODEM Centre for Modern & Contemporary Arts, Debrecen, Hungary
    The Portrait: Photography as a Stage, From Robert Mapplethorpe to Nan Goldin, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
    Go Figure, Gagosian Gallery, New York, US
    sh(OUT): Contemporary Art and Human Rights, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex art and culture, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland
    Everywhere: Sexual Diversity Politics in Art, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

    2008    
    Political Correct, BFAS Blondeau Fine Art Services, Geneva, Switzerland
    Female Trouble: Die Kamera als Spiegel und Bühne weiblicher Inszenierungen, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany

    2007    
    Seduced: Art & Sex from Antiquity to Now, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
    Exposures: The Contemporary Self-Portrait, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
    Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
    Role Exchange. Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US
    The Naked Portrait, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (Traveled to Compton Verney, Warwickshire, UK, 2007)
    Conceptual Photography 1964–1989, Zwirner and Wirth Gallery, New York, US
    Pretty Baby, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, US
    Flower Motifs From Five Centuries: Paintings, Drawings and Photography, Galerie Schloss Fuschl/Galerie Bernheimer, Salzburg, Austria

    2006    
    Photography and the Self: The Legacy of F. Holland Day. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
    Primitivism Revisited: After the End of an Idea, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US
    Eros in der kunst der moderne. Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland (Traveled to: BA-CA Kunstforum, Wien, Austria, 2007)
    Surprise, Surprise, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK
    Flutter, The Approach, London, UK
    Into Me/Out of Me, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, US (Traveled to Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany, 2007)
    Good Vibrations: Le Arti Visive e il Rock, Palazzo delle Papesse Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy
    Mapplethorpe / Warhol: Celebrity Portraits, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, US
    Potentially Harmful: The Art of American Censorship, The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery, Atlanta, US
    Martin Maloney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jack Pierson, Galerie Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium

    2005    
    The Vanity of Allegory, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
    The Subjective Figure, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, US
    London in Six Easy Steps: The Real Me, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK

    2004    
    Surface Beauty: Photographic Reflections On Glass and China, National Gallery of Art, Canberra, Australia
    The Flower as Image, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
    Rose c’est la vie: On Flowers in Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Speaking With Hands: Photographs from the Buhl Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
    Flowers Observed, Flowers Transformed, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, US
    Istinti Istantanei—Arte in Polaroid/Instant Instincts—Art in Polaroid, in the works of Nobuyoshi Araki, Robert Mapplethorpe, Carlo Mollino, Yasumasa Morimura and Mario Schifano, Galleria In Arco, Turin, Italy
    material-immaterial, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
    The Nude: Ideal and Reality, A History of the Nude from Neoclassicism to Today, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy

    2003    
    Only Skin Deep, Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New York, US (Traveled to: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, US, 2004)
    Phantom der Lust: Visionen des Masochismus in der Kunst, Gesellschaft der Freunde der Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
    Veil: Veiling, Representation and Contemporary Art, Institute of International Visual Arts, London, UK

    2002    
    Pandemic: Imaging Aids, Museum d’art Contemporani de Barcelona / FAD Convent dels Angels, Barcelona, Spain (Traveled to The Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa; The United Nations Vision Gallery, New York, US; Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, 2003)
    Desire, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
    The Great American Nude, The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, US

    2001    
    The Nature of Still Life, Galleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna, Italy
    APPEARANCES: Photographic Portraits, Wessel + O’Connor, New York, US
    Promiscuous Flowers: Robert Mapplethorpe and Nobuyoshi Araki, Niitsu Museum of Art, Niitsu, Japan (Traveled to Odakyu Museum, 2002; Museum Eki, Kyoto, Japan, 2002)

    2000    
    Chorus of Light: Photographs From the Sir Elton John Collection, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, US
    Dance, Dance, Dance, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, US
    Ecstasy, Wessel + O’Connor, New York, US
    São Paulo Art Biennial, Pavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo da Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

    1999    
    Rock Style, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
    Ghost in the Shell: Photography and the Human Soul, 1850–2000. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US
    Love & Desire – Between Neoclassicism and Neuroticism, Galleria Photology, Milan, Italy
    Il Sentimento del 2000, Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy

    1998    
    Love's Body: rethinking Naked and Nude in Photography, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan (Traveled to Suntory Museum, Osaka, Japan, 1999)
    From Warhol to Mapplethorpe: Three Decades of Art at ICA, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US
    Three Catholics: Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, and Robert Mapplethorpe, Cheim & Read, New York, US
    Beyond Belief: Modern Art in the Religious Imagination, National Gallery of Art, Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
    Photographs: Thomas Joshua Cooper, Robert Mapplethorpe, Gordon Matta-Clark, Allan McCollum, Katharina Sieverding, Juan Uslé, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany

    1997    
    Tabletops: Morandi's Still Lifes to Mapplethorpe's Flower Studies, California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, US
    Amours, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art contemporain, Paris, France
    The Coincident Eye, 123 Watts Gallery, New York, US
    Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose: Gender Performance in Photography, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
    Biennale de Firenze, Florence, Italy

    1996    
    Music & Sex, Texas Gallery, Houston, US
    Consensus and Conflict: The Flag in American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Stamford, US
    Delirium, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York, US
    Sex & Crime: Von den Verhältnissen der Menschen, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
    The Gun: Icon of Twentieth Century Art, Ubu Gallery, New York, US

    1995    
    Inside Out: Psychological Self-Portraiture, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, US
    Degrees of Abstraction: From Morris Louis to Mapplethorpe, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, US
    The Garden of Earthly Delights: Weston and Mapplethorpe, UCR Arts, California Museum of Photography Collection, Riverside, US (Traveled to The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, US, 1995; International Center for Photography, New York, US, 1995)

    1994    
    Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
    Investigations 10: Face to Face, Recent Portrait Photography, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US
    The Shaman as Artist, the Artist as Shaman, The Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, US

    1993    
    Form: Female, Richard Green Gallery, Santa Monica, US
    In Dialogue: The Art of Elsa Rady and Robert Mapplethorpe, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, US
    A Moment Becomes Eternity: Flowers as Image, Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, US
    Almodóvar, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
    Here’s Looking at Me —Contemporary Self-Portrait, Espace Lyonnais d'Art, Contemporain, Lyon, France
    The Image of the Body, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany

    1992    
    Flora Photographica, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (Traveled to Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1992; Manchester City Art Galleries, Manchester, UK, 1993; Mead Gallery, Coventry, UK,1993)
    Becher Mapplethorpe Sherman, Museo de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
    From Media to Metaphor: Art About AIDS. Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton, US (Traveled to Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA, 1992; Sharadin Art Gallery, Kutztown University, Kutztown, US, 1992; Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal, Quebec, Canada, 1992; Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, US, 1993; McKissick Museum, The University of South Carolina, Columbia, US, 1993; Fine Art Gallery, Indiana University, Bloomington, US, 1993; Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, US, 1993; Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, US, 1994)
    The Midtown Flower Show. Midtown Payson Galleries, New York, US

    1991    
    From Desire… A Queer Diary, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, Canton, US
    Body, Body, Renée Fotouhi Fine Art West, East Hampton, US
    Erotic Desire, Perspektief Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Framed, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, US
    The Body in Question, Burden Gallery / Aperture Foundation, New York, US

    1990    
    Botanica: The Secret Life of Plants, Lehman College Art Gallery, City University of New York, New York, US
    Jan Fabre Theaterarbeiten, Fotografien von Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton und Carl De Keyzer, Fotogalerie Forum, Frankfurt, Germany
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Flowers/André Kertész: Vintage Photographs, G. Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles, US
    The Fugitive Gesture, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, US

    1989    
    CENSORED! AN EVENING OF OBJECTIONABLE ART, Hallwalls, Buffalo, US
    L’invention d’un Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
    To Probe & to Push: Artists of Provocation, Wessel O’Connor Gallery, New York, US
    Taboo, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, US
    Les Krims, William Klein, Irving Penn, Duane Michaels, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mai 36 Galerie, Berlin, Germany
    Self and Shadow, Burden Gallery / Aperture Foundation, New York, US

    1988    
    Identity: Representations of the Self, Whitney Museum of American Art, Federal Reserve Plaza, New York, US
    Mapplethorpe, Prince, Ruff, Wall, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, US
    The Fugitive Gesture: Masterpieces of Dance Photography, 1849 to the Present, National Museum of Dance, Saratoga Springs, US
    The Flower Show, Betsy Rosenfield Greenhouse, Inc., Chicago, US

    1987    
    Legacy of Light, International Center of Photography, New York, US
    Portrait: Faces of the ‘80s, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, US

    1986    
    Paravent: Extending the Range of Expression, Artspace, San Francisco, US
    Invitation: La Revue Parkett, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
    Sacred Images in Secular Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Branch, New York, US
    A Matter of Scale, Rockland Center for the Arts and Blue Hill Plaza Associates, Pearl River, US
    Contemporary Issues III, Holman Hall Art Gallery, Trenton State College, Trenton, US
    intimate/INTIMATE, Turman Gallery, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, US
    Rules of the Game: Culture Defining Gender, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, US

    1985    
    Nude, Naked, Stripped, Hayden Gallery, List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, US
    Memento Mori, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, US
    Home Work, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, US
    Picture-Taking: Weegee, Walker Evans, Sherrie Levine, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, US

    1984    
    The Heroic Figure, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, US (Traveled to: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, US; Alexandria Museum/Visual Art Center, Alexandria, US; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, US)
    Investigations 10: Face to Face, Recent Portrait Photography, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US
    Allegories of the Human Form: A Photography Exhibit, Dowd Fine Arts Center Gallery, State University of New York, Cortland, US
    Armed, Interim Art, London, UK
    Sex-Specific: Photographic Investigations of Contemporary Sexuality, Superior Street Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, US
    Twelve on 20 x 24, The New England Foundation for the Arts, Cambridge, US (Traveled to: Grossman Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, US; Westbrook College, Portland, US; Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, US; Smith College Museum, Northampton, US; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, US)

    1983    
    New Perspectives on the Nude, The Foto Gallery, Wales, UK
    New Art, Tate Gallery, London, UK
    The Horse Show, Robert Freidus Gallery, New York, US

    1982    
    The Crucifix Show, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, US
    The Erotic Impulse, Roger Litz Gallery, New York, US
    Documenta 7, Museum Fridericianum/ Neue Galerie / Orangerie/ Karlsaue, Kassel, Germany
    Counterparts: Form and Emotion in Photographs, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
    The Black Male Image, Harlem Exhibition Space, New York, US

    1981    
    Instant Fotografie, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    New York/New Wave, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, US
    1981 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US

    1980    
    Quattro Fotografi Differenti = Four Different Photographer: Barbara Kruger, Judith Linn, Robert Mapplethorpe, Charles Taub, Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
    Presences: The Figure and Manmade Environments, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, US

    1979    
    People Watching, Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
    Attitudes: Photography in the 1970s, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, US

    1978    
    Mirrors and Windows: American Photography Since 1960, Museum of Modern Art, New York, US

    1977    
    Documenta 6, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, West Germany

    1976    
    Animals, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, US
    Summer Group Show, 1976, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, US

    1974    
    Recent Religious and Ritual Art, Buecker and Harpsichords, New York, US

    1973    
    Soft as Art, The New York Cultural Center, New York, US
    Polaroids: Robert Mapplethorpe, Brigid Polk, Andy Warhol, Gotham Book Mart, New York, US

Selected Public and Private Collections

  • Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
    Fundação Serralves, Porto, Portugal
    Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, US
    Israel Museum of Art, Jerusalem, Israel
    Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland
    Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, US
    Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
    Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
    Marieluise Hessel Collection, Hessel Museum of Art, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York, US
    Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US
    Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
    Musée des Arts Contemporains au Grand-Hornu, Boussu, Belgium
    Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
    Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
    Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, US
    National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., US
    National Gallery of Australia, Parkes, Canberra, Australia
    Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., US
    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, US
    Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Tate Modern, London, UK
    The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, US
    The Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
    Uffizi / Galleria dell'Accademia Collection, Florence, Italy
    Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
    Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US
    Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan

Publications

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