The Atkinson is delighted to present the work of American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who’s vast, provocative and powerful body of work has established him as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.
This exhibition draws upon photographs from ARTIST ROOMS, a collection of over 1,600 works of modern and contemporary art jointly owned by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. The collection holds some of the most significant examples of Mapplethorpe works in the world, a selection of which will be on display in Southport for the first time.
The exhibition includes iconic self-portraits, studies of ﬂowers and portraits of many of the most inﬂuential artists and celebrities of the New York cultural scene in the 1970s and 1980s. These include the artist’s close friend and muse Patti Smith and fellow artists Andy Warhol and David Hockney.
The exhibition also includes work from the late 1970s and early ’80s when Mapplethorpe was documenting the New York S&M scene. The resulting photographs are shocking for their content and remarkable for their technical and formal mastery.