Robert Mapplethorpe
Derrick Cross 1983

Artwork details

Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Derrick Cross
Date 1983
Medium Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 508 x 406 mm
frame: 750 x 620 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

This is one of many photographs in which Mapplethorpe focuses on a part of the body. The surrealist artist Man Ray had taken similar photographs of a torso, but had given greater emphasis to the face-like appearance of the body with nipples as eyes and navel as mouth. Mapplethorpe’s photograph is much more a study of muscular form. With the draped fabric around his waist, similarities can also be drawn with classical sculpture.

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