ARTIST ROOMS

Robert MapplethorpeSelf-Portrait 1988

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Artwork details

Artist
Robert Mapplethorpe (1946‑1989)
Title
Self-Portrait
Date 1988
MediumPhotograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensionssupport: 271 x 575 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
AR00145
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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