ARTIST ROOMS

Robert MapplethorpeOrchid and Hand 1983

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Artist
Robert Mapplethorpe (1946‑1989)
Title
Orchid and Hand
Date 1983
MediumPhotograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensionssupport: 373 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
AR00229
Not on display

Online caption

A rather thin, bony hand, severed from the rest of its body, is stretched out horizontally, holding a bizarrely shaped orchid. The uneasy relationship between the hand and orchid can be felt but not explained. In this respect it is similar to the way that Man Ray and other surrealist photographers created unsettling juxtapositions between objects and bodies.

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