New York: Random House, 1992. First edition. Hardcover. near fine. Small Elephant Folio. 380pp. Original photo-illustrated dustjacket over gray cloth with blind-stamped lettering on cover, silver on spine, housed in matching slipcase with gray cloth spine and photo-illustrated boards. Black endpapers. Five frontispiece photographs. Photo-illustrated half-title. "Robert Mapplethorpe began taking photographs in 1970 with a Polaroid camera given to him by a friend. Nearly twenty years later, when Mapplethorpe died at the age of forty-two, he was considered one of the most important photographers of his time. His elegant and sometimes shocking nudes, the black-and-white portraits, flower and still lifes, and images of sexual sadomasochism had been exhibited widely and were the subject of serious critical attention in Europe and America. A few months after his death, Mapplethorpe became the focus of an acrimonious debate over federal funding of the arts when an exhibition of his work was canceled by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D. C. The director of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, was subsequently acquitted of obscenity charges brought against him for presenting the same exhibition." (publisher). The collection of extraordinary photographs features provocative nude and sadomasochistic motifs, Mapplethorpe self-portraits, Patti Smith, and a number of figureheads of the art and movie scene, e.g. Arnold Schwarzenegger, William Burroughs, Andy Warhol and others. Minor nick in dj on back cover. DJ, binding and slipcase in overall very good+ to near fine condition. (Inventory #: 41108)
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