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Mapplethorpe's Polaroids at Modern Art Oxford

Posted By Administration, Sunday, August 30, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

In January 1973 the American artist Robert Mapplethorpe sent out the invitations to his first New York exhibition. Inside each black Tiffany envelope the 26-year-old enclosed a note giving details of the show together with a Polaroid photograph of himself.

He stands naked, face on, an instant camera clasped to his chest. Below the camera, a peel-off white sticker playfully covers his penis. The photo is bold and provocative, an image of a handsome young man already confident with his looks and talent.

Read the complete article in The Independent.

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