Robert Mapplethorpe

Brice Marden


Not on display

Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Support: 340 × 341 mm
frame: 618 × 587 × 38 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

The American painter, Brice Marden, was a friend of Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith. His austere, monochrome abstractions were being widely shown by the mid 1970s and he had a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1975. Almost in emulation of Marden’s carefully balanced compositions, Mapplethorpe has divided his image into two, almost equal, halves by a vertical pipe on the wall. The triangular shape formed by the seated Marden on the left is counterbalanced by a group of stacked paintings on the far right.

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