Robert Mapplethorpe 'Certain Flowers' Winter 2009


Throughout Robert Mapplethorpe’s career, beginning with his first Polaroids in 1973 and continuing until the photographer’s death in 1989, the artist made photographs of flowers in addition to portraits of artists, musicians, cultural icons, and, notoriously, nudes.

Robert Mapplethorpe: “Certain Flowers” focuses on the extreme economy of expression which is a hallmark of the artist’s work. Beguiling floral images, coupled with raking background shadows and a formal structural geometry are characteristics which distinguish Mapplethorpe’s singular vision.