Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith

1978, printed 2005

Artist
Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Medium
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions
Support: 477 x 376 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
Reference
AR00187

Not on display

Online caption

Mapplethorpe rarely photographed anyone or anything in movement. Here the wind seems to have caught the cloth that Patti Smith has wrapped around herself. Otherwise the pose and composition are classically frontal and centralised. Mapplethorpe has used the row of headers in the brick wall and the narrow strip of ground to provide horizontal lines above and below the vertical figure of Smith to give stability to the composition.

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