september 15 - november 18
asprey jacques is pleased to present the first UK showing of Polaroids by Robert Mapplethorpe from 1971 to 1974. Many of these Polaroids have never been exhibited, and, for some of the photographs, this is the first time they have been shown outside the US.
Robert Mapplethorpe (1946 - 89 ) first shot Polaroids early in his career to generate visual material for collages, however the immediacy and power of these initial studies provoked Mapplethorpe to question his practice. His exploration of photography developed into a body of work which is now considered one of the most notable of the 20th century.
The large group of both black & white and colour Polaroids on show at asprey jacques, explore themes present throughout his later work, ranging from the sacred and profane to transcendence and suffering. Included in the exhibition are portraits of Patti Smith, still lifes and a number of self portraits, one of which is a hand painted triptych.
In an effort to recontextualise Mapplethorpe's Polaroids, they are exhibited alongside the work of three contemporary artists. These include new Polaroids by Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki, new photographs by British artist Saul Fletcher and a slide projection by performance artist Yayoi Kusama.
This exhibition continues the asprey jacques programme of dialogue shows which began in November 1998 wth Tania Kovats / Barbara Hepworth in which art of historic significance is juxtaposed with work by younger artists.
For further information please contact Deirdre Kelly on 020-7287-7675
gallery hours: tuesday to friday 10 - 6, saturday 10 - 1
next exhibition: november 24 - january 2001: new work by Graham Little