Robert Mapplethorpe

Patti Smith

1976, printed 2005

Not on display

Robert Mapplethorpe 1946–1989
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Support: 477 × 376 mm
frame: 745 × 621 × 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

Mapplethorpe rarely photographed anyone or anything in movement. Here the wind seems to have caught the cloth that Patti Smith has wrapped around herself. Otherwise the pose and composition are classically frontal and centralised. Mapplethorpe has used the row of headers in the brick wall and the narrow strip of ground to provide horizontal lines above and below the vertical figure of Smith to give stability to the composition.

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