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Teller on Mapplethorpe at London’s Alison Jacques Gallery

Coinciding with what would have been the 70th birthday of the iconic American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, Alison Jacques Gallery has invited Juergen Teller to curate an exhibition of Mapplethorpe’s work.

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Robert Mapplethorpe. Self Portrait, 1983. Silver Gelatin print. Copyright Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, NY. Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery, London

Robert Mapplethorpe is considered one of the most important photographers of his generation, and Juergen Teller is one of a few artists who, since Mapplethorpe, has been able to operate successfully both in the art world and the world of commercial fashion photography. Teller’s selection will be drawn from the entire archive of the Mapplethorpe Foundation and will be on display from 17th November 2016 to 7th January 2017 at Alison Jacques Gallery.

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Robert Mapplethorpe. Flower, 1981/2014. Silver Gelatin Print. Copyright Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, NY. Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery, London
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Robert Mapplethorpe. Hands, 1981. Silver Gelatin Print. Copyright Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, NY. Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery, London

Alison Jacques, who has represented the Estate of Robert Mapplethorpe in the UK for 17 years, said: “Provocative and subversive, making images which are the antithesis of conventional fashion photography and, most importantly, a key artist of his time, Juergen Teller was the only choice to curate this special exhibition of Robert’s work. There are obvious parallels between these artists and I am excited to see how Juergen will bring his edge, energy and unique vision to a new reading of Robert’s work.”

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Robert Mapplethorpe. Paris Fashion / Dovanna, 1984. Silver Gelatin Print. Copyright Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, NY. Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery, London
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Robert Mapplethorpe. Flower, 1984. Silver gelatin print. Copyright Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, NY. Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery, London

This will be the gallery’s first exhibition of Mapplethorpe’s works since the dual retrospective Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, at The J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles (2016), and follows on from the recent release of the HBO documentary film, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016).

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Robert Mapplethorpe. Ken Moody, 1985. Silver Gelatin print. Copyright Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, NY. Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery, London
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Robert Mapplethorpe. French Vogue, 1986. Silver Gelatin print. Copyright Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, NY. Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery, London

During his lifetime, Robert Mapplethorpe’s work was exhibited in over 50 solo displays in museum in the USA, Europe and Japan. More recently, in 2014, we had the opportunity to see an exhibition at Tate Modern comprising the 64 works by Mapplethorpe acquired by the Tate, in conjunction with other British museums.

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Robert Mapplethorpe. Frogs, 1984. Silver Gelatin Print. Copyright Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, NY. Courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery, London

Mark the date in your calendar; don’t miss this opportunity to admire some of Mapplethorpe’s greatest photographs, carefully selected by Juergen Teller, a London-based German photographer with a unique photographic sensibility. Teller’s works achieve a perfect balance between creativity and commercialism, blurring the boundaries of art and advertising. He has worked for the big names of the fashion world such as Marc Jacobs, Céline, Yves Saint Laurent and Vivienne Westwood. His images have been featured in the best international publications, gaining both general and critical acclaim.

www.alisonjacquesgallery.com

Alison Jacques Gallery
16-18 Berners Street
London
W1T 3LN

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