Mapplethorpe A Biography [Pdf ebook] by Patricia Morrisroe


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Mapplethorpe A Biography

With Robert Mapplethorpe's full endorsement and encouragement Morrisroe intervie. Spoilers in this review refer to sexually descriptive passages This is a fascinating biography of the American photographer Robert MapplethorpeMuch to her credit the author does not give us a hagiographic view of his life Mapplethorpe took a journey from a middle class family in ueens into the netherworld of promiscuous sex and drugs His rise to the top of the photographic world was much aided by Sam Wagstaff who became his Sugar Daddy Sam was rich and had many contacts in the New York art gallery world Sam became Roberts classy entry to gallery owners who otherwise would never have spoken to him In many ways Sam became a father figure to Robert who had cut all contact to his own family Sam financially supported Robert bought him a loft in the Chelsea area of Manhattan and left him much of his estate when he died in 1987 Mapplethorpe died two years later of AIDSWe get aside from Sam Wagstaff depictions of the New York City art scene and the many characters that Mapplethorpe encountered in his short and dynamic life especially that of the poet singer Patti Smith She was his first partner in Manhattan They were both brought up in Catholic households and their artistic expression came to reflect this and to reject it When Patti on many occasions threatened to leave Robert he told her he would become gay Many of Robert s relationships seemed based on dominancesubmission and Robert and Patti played both roles in their long on againoff again relationshipPage 203 my book Love was impossible with him because the only people he wanted in life were rich people famous people and people he could have sex withMarcus Leatherdale about Robert MapplethorpePage 205 Edward de Celle a gallery owner We had a table where we could look at the photographs And I remember opening this box I had seen pornography before but his pictures were really graphic because they re better pictures and they draw you in The one that disturbed me the most view spoilerwas the man putting his finger into his urethra hide spoiler

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Iography of America's most censored and celebrated photographer 32 pages of phot. This book was an extremely thorough biography of Mapplethorpe I was inspired to read it after reading Just Kids by Patti Smith it provides insight into Mapplethorpe himself and some alternate information on Smith It is not for the faint of heart or conservative reader

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Wed than 300 friends lovers family members and critics to form this definitive b. I own the first edition hardback which is important as this is where Patricia Morrisroe s work appears in its most beautiful form It is gold There are two self portraits of Robert Mapplethorpe from the 1980s placed in the centre one gracing the front and the other on the back The 1986 self portrait upon the cover hints at the terribilit in his expression and work It is a uality attributed to Michelangelo by his contemporaries and applied to Mapplethorpe by his own But it is the the blur on his self portrait a year before on the back of the book which captures the confidence of his vulnerability seen in his interviews with Morrisroe But I see it as a death mask a foreshadowing of his fate It is an image which captures the emotional complex of his legacyBut what resides between the gold and silver Between the two faces The form of its outside betrays and yet encapsulates its content for it acts as counterpoint to Mapplethorpe s aesthetic and ethic There is no analysis critiue or even engagement with his work rather it details what is described by Morrisroe as a progressively degenerate lifestyle When asked by Dazed Digital in March 2014 if her first meeting with Mapplethorpe in 1983 helped her see his images objectively she responded Probably Also he shot them in such a cool detached way that at first they didn t seem obscene or pornographic just strange and exotic The key words here are probably and just Analysis of his work in the biography is also presented through adverbs But commentary of his work is not the purpose of the biography What arguably is the cool detached way she has rendered his life can be interpreted as disdain without nuance The black and white image presented to us by Morrisroe does not encompass the wider tonal range of meaning of Mapplethorpe s work life and thoughtsHappiness It s not there for me There is no exegesis There is no explication Mapplethorpe s statement could have been the opening to a different narrative arcI will go to Paris to see two retrospectives of his work at the Grand Palais and the Mus e Rodin in the following weeks This is the only book I will take with me other than his photogravure series for Arthur Rimbaud s A Season in Hell You may ask whyThe book itself imbues the reader with a mood in the grammatical sense The modality of his life is experienced temporally We have the 1960s We have the 1970s We have the 1980s Across these decades the reader is taken to New York We walk through its suburbs ascend to its penthouses slink past doors and into dark rooms stumble out into the cold night onto wet asphalt under neon lights roll onto black silk sheets black skin white skin pushed onto white marble floors smell blood and taste shit feel the sting of a hand a syringe death It is salacious humorous with elements of profundity and moments of judgement It is shallow as the pool of vomit that kills you but has the feeling of depth like the hand being pulled into an anus The beauty and horror the uick and the dead hang upon the wall of our minds like Diane Arbus s freaks and Paul Outerbridge s geometry The focus on sensory perception than cognitive attention is flawed yet entertaining Problematic but accessible Not obscene but strange Not pornographic but exotic I would have rather an examination of his radical exoticism than simply the presentation of it


10 thoughts on “Mapplethorpe A Biography

  1. says:

    He’s dying in a hospital in Boston“Mapplethorpe’s parents didn’t visit him because his mother had just been released from hospital and was recuperating at home One afternoon a nurse presented him with a modest floral arrang

  2. says:

    Robert Mapplethorpe was an anomaly A sometimes mediocre photographer with a keen eye for disrupting scenes through being a punk sometimes shaking things up in ways that nobody else had done before himHe seems also to have been a parasite a racist a nice guy brutal and a relentless self serving publicity machineSo what d

  3. says:

    Spoilers in this review refer to sexually descriptive passages This is a fascinating biography of the American photographer Robert MapplethorpeMuch to her credit the author does not give us a hagiographic view of his life Mapplethorpe took a journey from a middle class family in ueens into the netherworld of promiscuous sex and drugs His rise to the top of the photographic world was much aided by Sam Wagstaf

  4. says:

    This well researched biography of Robert Mapplethorpe draws upon hundreds of interviews Morrisroe conducted with Mapplethorpe and his contemporaries It's a must read for anyone interested in Patti Smith's relationship wtih Mappletho

  5. says:

    This is the ultimate case of a biographer who just seems really bored with her subject I can't really blame Morrisroe Stare at the abyss and t

  6. says:

    I own the first edition hardback which is important as this is where Patricia Morrisroe's work appears in its most beautifu

  7. says:

    I was compelled to read Mapplethorpe after reading Patti Smith's Just Kids another amazing book and have to say that Mapplethorpe was fascinating heartbreaking poignant thought provoking and probably the best book I read all last year He was such an intriguing figure pushing every boundary of societal norms and moral conventions

  8. says:

    This book was an extremely thorough biography of Mapplethorpe I was inspired to read it after reading Just Kids by Patti Smith; it provides insight into Mapplethorpe himself and some alternate information on Smith It is not for the faint of heart or conservative reader

  9. says:

    An excellent snapshot of Robert Mapplethorpe's life and career

  10. says:

    one of my favourite books ever about one of my favourite artistsjust such a great sad and amazing readrecommended for anyone who likes art photograpy and exploring sexuality

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