Robert MapplethorpeAndy Warhol 1983

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Robert Mapplethorpe (1946‑1989)
Andy Warhol
Date 1983
MediumPhotograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensionssupport: 476 x 377 mm
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Not on display

Online caption

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was one of the most influential artists of the late twentieth century. Indeed, Mapplethorpe had idolised him while he was studying at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in the late 1960s. However, by 1973 when they showed together at the Gotham Book Mart in New York, they were distrustful of each other. In 1983 they photographed each other. Mapplethorpe’s photographs of Warhol show him with his customary blank expression. In this particular work, Mapplethorpe has emphasised Warhol’s loneliness by pressing him up against a wall and leaving an empty space on the right. He rubs his hands together rather nervously.

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