Robert Mapplethorpe
Self Portrait 1988

Artwork details

Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Self Portrait
Date 1988
Medium Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions Support: 271 x 575 mm
frame: 616 x 895 x 29 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

By training his camera on his eyes, and on his eyes only, Mapplethorpe has concentrated on those organs and on that faculty that determined his career. These eyes, sunken into his head and surrounded by lines, are the eyes of a sick man – Mapplethorpe was to die of an AIDS-related illness in a few months’ time –, but also the eyes of a brave and unflinching man, determined to outstare death.

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