[March 20 2017]
From the late sixties onwards, Robert Mapplethorpe began to create three-dimensional objects, photographic montages and to a very personal creative approach that he has developed throughout his life. They reveal his fascination with topics such as mysticism, esotericism and fetishism. In terms of style and iconography, they are an unexpected mix between Duchamp’s ready-mades and Dali’s psychosexual divagations.
Drawn to symbols and geometric motifs, Mapplethorpe made numerous collages and assemblages by recycling — while interpreting and transgressing — religious imagery. He also explores darker subjects such as black magic or Tantra Art, and redesigned Tarot cards, replacing the imagery with male and female figures taken from pornographic magazines. Never afraid to break the rules or shock, Mapplethorpe used these Objects as a way to expand the notion of what is possible in art. They reflect his radical and innovative approach embedded in the sociocultural context of 1970s New York.
On view until April, 29th at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 7 rue Debelleyme, Paris.
Text Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac and Photo Inès Manai