Robert Mapplethorpe Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: Certain People at Sean Kelly, New York 
February 9 - March 15, 2008
Photography: Wit McKay, New York
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York 

Robert Mapplethorpe Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: Certain People at Sean Kelly, New York 
February 9 - March 15, 2008 
Photography: Wit McKay, New York
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Robert Mapplethorpe Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: Certain People at Sean Kelly, New York 
February 9 - March 15, 2008 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Robert Mapplethorpe Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: Certain People at Sean Kelly, New York 
February 9 - March 15, 2008 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Robert Mapplethorpe Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: Certain People at Sean Kelly, New York 
February 9 - March 15, 2008 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Robert Mapplethorpe Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: Certain People at Sean Kelly, New York 
February 9 - March 15, 2008 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Robert Mapplethorpe Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: Certain People at Sean Kelly, New York 
February 9 - March 15, 2008 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Robert Mapplethorpe Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: Certain People at Sean Kelly, New York 
February 9 - March 15, 2008 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Robert Mapplethorpe Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: Certain People at Sean Kelly, New York 
February 9 - March 15, 2008 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Robert Mapplethorpe Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: Certain People at Sean Kelly, New York 
February 9 - March 15, 2008 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Robert Mapplethorpe Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: Certain People at Sean Kelly, New York 
February 9 - March 15, 2008 
Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York 

Press Release

The exhibition Certain People consists of a specific selection of photographs that provides a remarkable opportunity to view portraits of artists, dancers, writers and art world personalities from the period spanning the mid 70s through the mid 80s. Individuals such as Laurie Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, William Burroughs, Francesco Clemente, David Hockney, Annie Leibovitz, Joseph Kosuth, Norman Mailer, Lisette Model, Ileana Sonnabend, Sam Wagstaff and Andy Warhol are depicted, alongside many of their contemporaries. The inspiration for the exhibition comes from the book Robert Mapplethorpe Certain People: A Book of Portraits, published in 1985.

The exhibition explores the fascinating relationship the artist nurtured over a period of more than a decade with his sitters. Mapplethorpe had a unique ability to capture the essence of his subjects – his gift is clear in these diverse and revealing portraits. In the preface of Certain People, Susan Sontag noted: "Being photographed by Mapplethorpe was different from being photographed by anyone else. He reassures differently, encourages differently, is permissive differently…" Indeed these intimate portraits convey a strong sense of the trust and complicity that existed between Mapplethorpe and his subjects, as well as his ability to capture their different personas in a striking manner. However, as a group, the photographs constitute a unique document attesting to the vibrancy and dynamism of a generation of individuals who were vital presences on the New York art scene in the late 20th century and represent a virtual who's who / time capsule of the art world at a particularly complex and historic moment.

Since Mapplethorpe's untimely death in 1989, his work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions in museums throughout the world, including several major traveling retrospectives. He is unquestionably considered to be one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century. Mapplethorpe's work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne amongst many others.

Checklist

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE: CERTAIN PEOPLE

February 9 – March 15, 2008

Entrance:

Self Portrait, 1980
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 14 x 14 inches (36 x 36 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51 x 41 cm)
framed: 25 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (63.5 x 62.2 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1877

Gallery 1 (clockwise from left):

Downtown Art Dealers, 1978
gelatin silver prints
unique
signed
framed: 91 x 15 x 1 1/4 inches (231.1 x 38.1 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-U021

Patti Smith, 1987
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches (48.9 x 48.9 cm)
paper: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm)
framed: 33 x 31 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches (83.8 x 80.6 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1757

Self Portrait, 1985
gelatin silver print
extra vintage print
image: 15 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches (38.4 x 38.4 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 30 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches (77.5 x 74.9 x 2.9 cm)
MAP-1535

Sam Wagstaff, 1979
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 13 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches (35.2 x 35.2 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51x 41 cm)
framed: 30 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches (77.5 x 74.9 x 2.9 cm)
MAP-277

John McKendry, 1975
gelatin silver print in frame with silk matt
unique
print: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 22 1/4 x 21 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches (56.5 x 55.2 x 3.8 cm)
MAP-U102

Philip Johnson, 1978
gelatin silver print
unique
signed
framed: 34 x 21 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (86.4 x 54.6 x 4.4 cm)
MAP-U263

Hallway (left side):

Lisette Model, 1980
gelatin silver print
edition of 15 with 3 APs
image: 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches (35 x 35 cm)
paper: 16 x 20 inches (41 x 51 cm)
framed: 25 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (63.5 x 62.2 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-406

Giselle Freund, 1980
gelatin silver print
edition of 15 with 3 APs
image: 14 x 14 inches (35.5 x 35.5 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 28 1/4 x 27 1/2 x 1 1/8 inches (71.8 x 69.9 x 2.9 cm)
MAP-1763

Annie Leibovitz, 1983
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches (48.9 x 38.7 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 25 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (63.5 x 62.2 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1095

Hallway (right side):

Susan Sontag, 1984
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 15 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches (38.4 x 38.4 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 24 x 23 x 1 1/4 inches (61 x 58.4 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1417

Norman Mailer, 1985
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 15 1/4 x 15 1/8 inches (38.7 x 38.4 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 23 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 1 inches (59.7 x 57.2 x 2.5 cm)
MAP-1599

William Burroughs, 1980
gelatin silver print
edition of 15 with 3 APs
image: 14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51x 41 cm)
framed: 30 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (77.5 x 74.9 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-478

Main Gallery (clockwise from left north wall):

Keith Haring, 1984
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 15 1/4 x 15 1/8 inches (38.7 x 38.4 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 25 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (63.5 x 62.2 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1463

Fran Lebowitz, 1980 (top)
gelatin silver print
edition of 15 with 3 APs
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
image: 14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
framed: 24 x 23 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches (61 x 59.1 x 3.8 cm)
MAP-423

Henry Geldzahler, 1979 (bottom)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
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 24 1/2 x 1 3/16 inches (63.5 x 62.2 x 3 cm)
MAP-326

Iggy Pop, 1981
gelatin silver print
edition of 15 with 3 APs
image: 14 x 13 7/8 inches (35.6 x 35.2 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51x 41 cm)
framed: 24 1/8 x 23 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches (61.3 x 58.7 x 3.8 cm)
MAP-534

Lynn Davis, 1979
gelatin silver print
edition of 5 with 1 AP
image: 13 7/8 x 14 inches (35.2 x 35.6 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 25 x 24 1/2 x 1 3/16 inches (63.5 x 62.2 x 3 cm)
MAP-59

Bill T. Jones, 1985
platinum print
edition of 3 with 1 AP
image: 24 3/8 x 19 1/2 inches (61.9 x 49.5 cm)
paper: 26 x 22 inches (66 x 55.9 cm)
framed: 32 3/4 x 28 3/4 x 1 1/4 inches (83.2 x 73 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-P1616

Patti Smith, 1975 (top)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 29 1/4 x 28 1/2 x 1 inches (74.3 x 72.4 x 2.5 cm)
MAP-1916

Deborah Harry, 1978 (bottom)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches (34.9 x 34.9 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 30 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 1 inches (77.5 x 74.9 x 2.5 cm)
MAP-60

Alice Neel, 1984
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches (48.6 x 38.4 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 33 x 28 x 1 1/4 inches (83.8 x 71.1 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1444

Robert Longo, 1983 (top)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches (48.9 x 38.7 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 32 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (82.6 x 69.9 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1035

Julian Schnabel, 1983 (bottom)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/8 x 15 1/4 inches (48.6 x 38.7 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 32 1/4 x 27 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (81.9 x 69.9 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1019

Laurie Anderson, 1987
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 x 19 inches (48.3 x 48.3 cm)
paper: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 51 cm)
framed: 32 3/4 x 31 3/4 x 1 inches (83.2 x 80.6 x 2.5 cm)
MAP-1815

David Salle, 1983 (top)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches (48.6 x 38.4 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 32 3/4 x 27 3/4 x 1 inches (83.2 x 70.5 x 2.5 cm)
MAP-1038

Lucinda Childs, 1977 (bottom)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51 x 41 cm)
framed: 30 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (77.5 x 74.9 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-128

Grace Jones, 1988
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 23 x 19 1/4 inches (58 x 49 cm)
paper: 20 x 24 inches (51 x 61 cm)
framed: 32 3/4 x 28 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches (83.2 x 72.4 x 3.8 cm)
MAP-1907

David Byrne, 1985
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 x 15 inches (48.3 x 38.1 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 27 x 22 x 1 1/2 inches (68.6 x 55.9 x 3.8 cm)
MAP-1542

South wall:

Marisol, 1979
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches (34.9 x 34.9 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51x 41 cm)
framed: 28 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (72.4 x 69.9 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-327

Isamu Noguchi, 1986
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches (48.9 x 48.9 cm)
paper: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm)
framed: 32 1/2 x 31 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (82.6 x 80 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1627

James Rosenquist, 1985 (top)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/8 x 19 1/8 inches (48.6 x 48.6 cm)
paper: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm)
framed: 28 1/4 x 28 x 1 1/4 inches (71.8 x 71.1 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1638

Richard Artschwager, 1986 (bottom)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/8 x 19 1/8 inches (48.6 x 48.6 cm)
paper: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm)
framed: 32 1/8 x 28 x 1 1/4 inches (81.6 x 71.1 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1754

Yoko Ono, 1988
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches (48.9 x 48.9 cm)
paper: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm)
framed: 30 x 30 1/4 x 1 inches (76.2 x 76.8 x 2.5 cm)
MAP-1952

Louise Nevelson, 1986
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches (48.9 x 48.9 cm)
paper: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 51 cm)
framed: 30 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (77.5 x 74.9 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1630

Louise Bourgeois, 1982
gelatin silver print
exhibition print
image: 15 1/4 x 15 1/8 inches (38.7 x 38.4 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 28 1/4 x 27 1/4 x 1 inches (71.8 x 69.2 x 2.5 cm)
MAP-925

Roy Lichtenstein, 1985 (top)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/8 x 19 1/8 inches (48.6 x 48.6 cm)
paper: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm)
framed: 28 1/4 x 28 x 1 1/4 inches (71.8 x 71.1 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1637

Brice Marden, 1986 (bottom)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches (48.9 x 48.9 cm)
paper: 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm)
framed: 28 1/4 x 28 x 1 1/4 inches (71.8 x 71.1 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1628

Lee Krasner, 1982
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 x 15 1/4 inches (48.3 x 38.7 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 28 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (72.4 x 69.9 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-928

Chuck Close, 1986
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/8 x 19 inches (48.6 x 48.3 cm)
paper: 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm)
framed: 28 x 27 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches (71.1 x 69.2 x 3.8 cm)
MAP-1634

West wall:

Holly Solomon, 1976
gelatin silver print
edition of 5 with 1 AP
image: 14 3/8 x 14 1/2 inches (36.5 x 36.8 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51 x 41 cm)
framed: 28 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 1 inches (72.4 x 69.9 x 2.5 cm)
MAP-24

Andy Warhol, 1983
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 24 1/4 x 1 inches (63.5 x 61.6 x 2.5 cm)
edition of 10 with 2 APs
MAP-1174

David Hockney, 1984
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/4 x 15 1/8 inches (48.9 x 38.4 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 29 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (73.7 x 62.2 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1369

Ellsworth Kelly, 1984
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches (48.9 x 38.7 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 29 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (73.7 x 62.2 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1368

Ed Ruscha, 1984
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 x 15 1/8 inches (48.3 x 38.4 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 32 1/2 x 29 x 1 inches (82.6 x 73.7 x 2.5 cm)
MAP-1366

Self Portrait, 1988
gelatin silver print
exhibition print
image: 22 3/4 x 19 inches (57.8 x 48.3 cm)
paper: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm)
framed: 35 1/4 x 34 1/4 x 1 inches (89.5 x 87 x 2.5 cm)
MAP-1860

Willem de Kooning, 1986
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 19 1/4 x 19 inches (48.9 x 48.3 cm)
paper: 24 x 20 inches (61 x 50.8 cm)
framed: 32 x 27 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches (81.3 x 69.2 x 3.8 cm)
MAP-1629

Cindy Sherman, 1983
gelatin silver print
exhibition print
image: 19 x 15 1/8 inches (48.3 x 38.4 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 30 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (77.5 x 64.8 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1018

Leo Castelli, 1978
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 30 1/2 x 29 1/2 x 1 inches (77.5 x 74.9 x 2.5 cm)
MAP-10

Robert Rauschenberg, 1983
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 15 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches (38.4 x 38.4 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 25 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (63.5 x 62.2 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1017

Ileanna Sonnabend, 1978
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 24 x 22 x 1 1/4 inches (61 x 55.9 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-11

North Wall:

Robert Wilson, 1981 (top)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 24 x 23 x 1 1/2 inches (61 x 58.4 x 3.8 cm)
MAP-556

Lawrence Weiner, 1982 (bottom)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 15 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches (38.4 x 38.4 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 24 x 23 x 1 1/2 inches (61 x 58.4 x 3.8 cm)
MAP-927

Francesco Clemente, 1985
gelatin silver print
edition of 6 with with 2 APs
image: 15 3/16 x 15 3/16 inches (38.6 x 38.6 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (51x 41 cm)
framed: 23 1/2 x 23 1/4 x 1 1/4 inches (63.5 x 59.1 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1492

Joseph Kosuth, 1982 / printed 2005 (top)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 15 3/8 x 15 1/4 inches (39.1 x 38.7 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 25 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (63.5 x 62.2 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-929

Philip Glass, 1978 (bottom)
gelatin silver print
edition of 10 with 2 APs
image: 15 1/8 x 15 1/8 inches (38.4 x 38.4 cm)
paper: 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)
framed: 25 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches (63.5 x 62.2 x 3.2 cm)
MAP-1901
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