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Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
Polaroids: Mapplethorpe
Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


January 13th, 2009 - April 5th, 2009
 
Untitled (self-portrait), Robert MapplethorpeRobert Mapplethorpe, Untitled (self-portrait),
1970/73, Polaroid
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This exhibition traces Robert Mapplethorpe's use of instant photography from 1970 to 1975. The show brings together 100 works including self-portraits, figure studies, still lifes, and portraits of friends and lovers such as Patti Smith and Sam Wagstaff. Unlike Mapplethorpe's well-known highly-crafted and staged photographs of his later career, his early Polaroids are marked by spontaneity. This hitherto largely unknown body of work offers insight into the artist's creative development at a formative time in his career.Some of the works in this exhibition may not be suitable for all audiences.


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