The Atkinson will show the work of renowned America photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-89) in their first partnership with ARTIST ROOMS.
Robert Mapplethorpe became famous, not to say, notorious, in the 1970s and 1980s for his photographs of the male nude and sexually explicit, gay imagery. Although often considered controversial, Mapplethorpe tested the right to individual freedom of expression.
These images were not meant to be titillating or obscene but beautiful in a traditionally classical way. His work, therefore, holds a significant place in the history of artistic struggle to depict the world as it is, with honesty and truth. His nudes, when considered alongside his portraits of children and flower photographs, show him to be overwhelmingly interested in the beauty and transience of life.
The works in the exhibition are drawn from the collection of ARTIST ROOMS which holds one of the most significant collections of Mapplethorpe’s photographs in the world.