Robert Mapplethorpe

Andy Warhol


Not on display

Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Support: 476 × 471 mm
frame: 784 × 816 × 30 mm
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland
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

Online caption

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was one of the most influential artists of the late twentieth century. Indeed, Mapplethorpe had idolised him while he was studying at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in the late 1960s. However, by 1973 when they showed together at the Gotham Book Mart in New York, they were distrustful of each other. After completing portraits of each other in 1983, Mapplethorpe photographed Warhol again in 1986. Warhol’s head appears severed from his body, floating within a black void. His trademark luminous wig and pale face contrast brilliantly against the background, creating a ghostly appearance. As with the 1983 portraits, Warhol bears his customary blank expression.

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