ARTIST ROOMS

Robert Mapplethorpe Smutty 1980

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Artwork details

Artist
Title
Smutty
Date 1980
Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
Dimensions Image: 341 x 341 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
AR00188
Not on display

Online caption

The nickname, tattoos, studded wristband and knowing look suggest that there is a darker side to this androgynous-looking young man. The placement of the arms and the contrapposto of the body and head are features common in Mannerist art, an area of art history that Mapplethorpe had a particular interest in.

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