Robert Mapplethorpe Lawrence Weiner 1982, printed 1991

Artwork details

Artist
Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Title
Lawrence Weiner
Date 1982, printed 1991
Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensions Support: 375 x 375 mm
Collection
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
Reference
AR00218
Not on display
ARTIST ROOMS

Online caption

Lawrence Weiner (born in New York in 1942) is one of the founders of conceptual art, a movement that placed the emphasis on the conceptual and linguistic basis and formulation of a work of art, rather than on its execution. Mapplethorpe portrays him as a rugged intellectual with more than a streak of flamboyance - a silk scarf draped around his neck and tattooed star on his wrist - and love of his own rhetoric (note the open mouth, as if he had been caught in mid-flow). The diagonal lines of his arms create a parallelogram in the centre of the composition that acts as a base for the bearded head above.

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