Robert Mapplethorpe


Robert Mapplethorpe's place in the canon was earned from his incredible output of images of both beautiful and brutal. 

He fearlessly depicted the body (his own, his friends' and lovers') in a way that positions his work in line with Courbet, Bas Jan Ader and Marina Abramovic. 

His images, regardless of subject matter, are both sensual and cerebral, delicate and menacing. 

This image, is a prime example of the ambiguity often found in Mapplethorpe's work.

Despite the title, which identifies the subject, it is hard not to think of the artist's emaciated hand only a few years before he would die from AIDS. 

Is this reaching hopeful or is this a plea from the depth of despair?

Note: this work is included in the recent Mapplethorpe retrospective "The Perfect Medium" at LACMA  

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"Lucinda's Hand" (MAP#1618.2)

Gelatin silver print

Signed and numbered 2/10 by the artist on verso. 

USA, 1985 (printed & shot)

20”H 16”W (photograph)

34"H 28.5"W (framed)

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