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Polaroids: Mapplethorpe

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Mapplethorpe
Untitled (self-portrait), 1970/73 Polaroid © Courtesy of Artist and Block Museum of Art
Polaroids: Mapplethorpe

Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
January 13th, 2009 - April 5th, 2009

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Suburbs
EMAIL:  
block-museum@northwestern.edu
PHONE:  
847-491-4000
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue, Sat-Sun 10-5; Wed-Fri 10-8
TAGS:  
photography

DESCRIPTION

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.