Press Release

Sean Kelly Gallery is delighted to announce the first ever-joint exhibition by two of the most influential artists of our times - Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol.

Mapplethorpe / Warhol: Celebrity Portraits, is an opportunity to explore the two artists' parallel approaches through a genre, which was central to the work of both—portrait photography. There are striking similarities in the ways Warhol and Mapplethorpe approached the photographic image.

The camera was an essential element in the making of Warhol's silkscreen paintings, and the photograph is well known as the basis for his appropriated Pop Culture images. Nevertheless, the Polaroids in this exhibition, taken with the Big Shot camera in the 70s and 80s, were, as Peter Hay Halpert described, "unlike his other photographs...these reveal Warhol, the photographer, to a greater degree than we have recognized. Warhol's Polaroids are a personal statement in a way that none of his other photographs are. Where there is no artistry in the photo-booth pictures (a not undesired aspect), the Polaroids reveal Warhol behind the camera, making choices."

Mapplethorpe, a great admirer of Warhol, also embraced appropriation in his first use of photography. As demonstrated in the exhibition's 1972 portrait of Warhol, he began by appropriating commercially printed imagery, and it was not until the early 1970s that he took his first photographs with a Polaroid camera. Like Warhol, Mapplethorpe turned away from the world in which he grew up and became fascinated by the allure of New York City. Both artists enjoyed celebrity status in an audience beyond the art world, and both manipulated their personas as evidenced, in the exhibition, by each of their self-portraits in drag. While Warhol produced documents of celebrity and glamour, Mapplethorpe focused on the aesthetics of the body and his subjects' sexual presence. Mapplethorpe/Warhol Celebrity Portraits gives us the opportunity to juxtapose the artists' portraits of each other, as well as both artists' images of celebrities such as Grace Jones, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keith Haring, Deborah Harry, Roy Lichtenstein, Francesco Clemente and Truman Capote.

Checklist

Main Gallery

Note: All works listed clockwise, top to bottom

North Wall

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Self Portrait, c. 1975
color polaroid
4 x 3-3/8 inches (10.2 x 8.6 cm)
MAP-PD518

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Andy Warhol, 1972
spray paint on magazine
paper: 11 x 8-1/2 inches (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
framed: 19 x 16-1/2 inches (48.3 x 41.9 cm)
unique
MAP-U132

ANDY WARHOL
Self-Portrait, 1977
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-01.00061

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Self Portrait, 1980
gelatin silver print
image: 13-3/4 x 13-3/4 inches (34.9 x 34.9 cm)
framed: 26-3/4 x 26 -5/8 inches (67.9 x 67.6 cm)
MAP-385

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Self Portrait, 1980
gelatin silver print
paper: 10 x 8 inches (25 x 21 cm)
framed: 12-3/4 x 12-1/4 inches (32 x 31 cm)
MAP-434

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Patti Smith, c. 1974
color Polaroid
4 x 3-3/8 inches (10.2 x 8.6 cm)
MAP-PD517

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Untitled (Patti Smith), c. 1970s
Polaroid photograph
4-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches (10.8 x 8.3 cm)
MAP-PD498

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Untitled (Patti Smith), c. 1970s
Polaroid photograph
4-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches (10.8 x 8.3 cm)
MAP-PD497

East Wall

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Patti Smith, c. 1973
Polaroid photograph
4-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches (10.8 x 8.3 cm)
MAP-PD380

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Patti Smith, c. 1973
Polaroid photograph
4-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches (10.8 x 8.3 cm)
MAP-PD364

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Patti Smith, 1975
gelatin silver print
image: 14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 25 x 25-5/8 inches (63.5 x 65.1 cm)
edition of 5
MAP-441

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Self Portrait, 1983
gelatin silver print
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51 x 41 cm)
image: 19-1/4 x 15-1/4 inches (49 x 38.8 cm)
edition of 10
MAP-1043

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Self Portrait, c. 1972
Polaroid photograph
4-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches (10.8 x 8.3 cm)
MAP-PD310

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Self Portrait, c. 1972
Polaroid photograph
4-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches (10.8 x 8.3 cm)
MAP-PD311

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Self Portrait, c. 1972
Polaroid photograph
4-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches (10.8 x 8.3 cm)
MAP-PD313

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Untitled, c. 1972
Polaroid photograph
4-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches (10.8 x 8.3 cm)
MAP-PD448

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Candy Darling, 1972
Polaroid photograph
4 x 3-3/8 inches (10.2 x 8.6 cm)
MAP-PD519

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Candy Darling, 1972
color Polaroid
4 x 3-3/8 inches (10.2 x 8.6 cm)
MAP-PD199

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Candy Darling, 1972
Polaroid photograph
4 x 3-3/8 inches (10.2 x 8.6 cm)
MAP-PD520

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Self Portrait, 1982
gelatin silver print
image: 15 x 15 inches (38.1 x 38.1 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 25 x 25-5/8 inches (63.5 x 65.1 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-955

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Patti Smith, 1975
gelatin silver print
image: 14 x 14 inches (36 x 36 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51x 41 cm)
edition of 10
MAP-1916

ANDY WARHOL
Debbie Harry, 1980
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-04.04898

ANDY WARHOL
Grace Jones, 1984
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-04.05516

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Grace Jones, 1984
gelatin silver print
image: 151/4 x 151/4 inches (38.7 x 38.7 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 25 x 255/8 inches (63.5 x 65.1 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-1447

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Keith Haring, 1984
gelatin silver print
paper: 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
framed: 25 x 25-5/8 inches (63.5 x 65.1 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-1463

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Francesco Clemente, 1985
gelatin silver print
image: 15-3/16 x 15-3/16 inches (38.6 x 38.6 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51x 41 cm)
framed: 25 x 25-5/8 inches (63.5 x 65.1 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-1492

ANDY WARHOL
Francesco Clemente, 1981
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-05.01764

ANDY WARHOL
Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1982
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)cm)
AW-05.01693

ANDY WARHOL
Keith Haring, 1986
polaroid photograph
unframed: 3 3/4 x 2 7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-05.00719

South Wall

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Kathleen Turner, 1982
gelatin silver print
image: 15 x 15 inches (38.1 x 38.1 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 25 x 25-5/8 inches (63.5 x 65.1 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-813

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Richard Gere, 1982
gelatin silver print
image: 15-1/8 x 15-1/8 inches (38.4 x 38.4 cm)
paper: 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-1584

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Untitled, ca. 1970s
Polaroid photograph
4-1/4 x 3-1/4 inches (10.8 x 8.3 cm)
MAP-PD451

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
David Hockney, 1984
gelatin silver print
framed: 29-1/4 x 34-1/2 inches (74.3 x 87.6 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-1369

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Brice Marden, 1986
gelatin silver print
image: 19 x 19 inches (48.3 x 48.3 cm)
paper: 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm)
framed: 28-1/4 x 28 inches (71.8 x 71.1 cm)
edition 10 with 2 APs
MAP-1628

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Andy Warhol, 1983 / printed 2003
gelatin silver print
image: 15 x 14-7/8 inches (38.1 x 37.6 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51 x 41 cm)
framed: 25 x 25-5/8 inches (63.5 x 65.1 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-1174

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Self Portrait, 1980 / printed 1990
gelatin silver print
image: 14 x 14 inches (36 x 36 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51 x 41 cm)
framed: 25 x 25-5/8 inches (63.5 x 65.1 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-1877

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Robert Rauschenberg, 1983
gelatin silver print
image: 15 x 15 inches (38.1 x 38.1 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 25 x 25-5/8 inches (63.5 x 65.1 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-1017

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Roy Lichtenstein, 1985
gelatin silver print
image: 19 x 19 inches (48.3 x 48.3 cm)
paper: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm)
framed: 28-1/4 x 28 inches (71.8 x 71.1 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-1637

ANDY WARHOL
Roy Lichtenstein, 1975
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-05.01043

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Louise Nevelson, 1986
gelatin silver print
image: 19-3/16 x 19-3/16 inches (48.7 x 48.7 cm)
paper: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 51 cm)
framed: 28-1/4 x 28 inches (71.8 x 71.1 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-1630

ANDY WARHOL
Gilbert, 1976
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-05.00143

ANDY WARHOL
George, 1976
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-05.00138

West Wall

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Phillip Johnson, 1978
gelatin silver print
image: 14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 25 x 25-5/8 inches (63.5 x 65.1 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-69

ANDY WARHOL
Truman Capote, 1979
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-05.01307

ANDY WARHOL
Truman Capote, after August 1977
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-05.01309

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Truman Capote, 1981
gelatin silver print
paper: 16 x 20 inches (41 x 51 cm)
edition of 10
MAP-1099

ANDY WARHOL
Jerry Hall, 1984
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-04.03380

ANDY WARHOL
Joan Collins, 1985
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3 3/4 x 2 7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10 1/2 x 9 1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-04.04770

ANDY WARHOL
Farrah Fawcett, 1979
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-04.03278

ANDY WARHOL
Bianca Jagger, 1979
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-04.05119

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Isabella Rossellini, 1988
gelatin silver print
image: 23 x 19-1/4 inches (58 x 49 cm)
paper: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 51 cm)
edition of 10
MAP-1863

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Andy Warhol, 1986 / printed 1990
gelatin silver print
image: 23 x 19 inches (58.4 x 48.3 cm
paper: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm)
framed: 28-1/4 x 28 inches (71.8 x 71.1 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-1883

ANDY WARHOL
Arnold Schwarzenegger, after August 1977
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-05.02376

ANDY WARHOL
Sylvester Stallone, 1980
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-05.02311

ANDY WARHOL
Dennis Hopper, 1977
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-05.01238

ANDY WARHOL
Arnold Schwarzenegger, after August 1977
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-05.02391

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1976
gelatin silver print
image: 14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 25 x 25-5/8 inches (63.5 x 65.1 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-71

ANDY WARHOL
Karen Kain, 1980
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-04.05297

ANDY WARHOL
Maria Shriver, 1986
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-04.02107

ANDY WARHOL
Self-Portrait in Drag, 1981
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-03.00071

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Self Portrait, 1980
gelatin silver print
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51 x 41 cm)
framed: 27-3/4 x 26-3/4 inches (70.5 x 68 cm)
edition of 15
MAP-411

North Wall (continued)

ANDY WARHOL
Self-Portrait in Fright Wig, 1986
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-02.00029

ANDY WARHOL
Self-Portrait in Fright Wig, 1986
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-02.00026

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Andy Warhol, 1986 / printed 1990
gelatin silver print
image: 19 x 19 inches (48.3 x 48.3 cm)
paper: 24 x 20 inches (50.8 x 61 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
Estate stamped on verso
MAP-1867

ANDY WARHOL
Robert Mapplethorpe, 1983
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-05.01674

ANDY WARHOL
Robert Mapplethorpe, 1983
Polaroid photograph
unframed: 3-3/4 x 2-7/8 inches (9.5 x 7.3 cm)
framed: 10-1/2 x 9-1/8 inches (26.7 x 23.2 cm)
AW-05.01666
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