Robert Mapplethorpe
Grace Jones 1984

Artwork details

Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Grace Jones
Date 1984
Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensions Support: 374 x 375 mm
frame: 645 x 621 x 39 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

Grace Jones is a Jamaican-born singer, model and actress, known for her androgynous looks and her outrageous behaviour. She was very much part of the New York art and social scene in the 1980s. For this photograph her body has been painted by the New York graffiti artist, Keith Haring (1958-1990) with his characteristic pictograms and decorations. She is also wearing an exotic headdress and a conical wire bra, so that she looks like a voodoo doll or an aboriginal dancer.

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