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Robert Mapplethorpe
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Lola Mansfield, May 26, 2008
Robert Mapplethorpe_Ken
Robert Mapplethorpe_Ken
 
Robert Mapplethorpe was born in 1946, the third of six children. He remembered a very secure childhood on Long Island, which he summed up by saying, "I come from suburban America. It was a very safe environment, and it was a good place to come from in that it was a good place to leave." He received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, where he produced artwork in a variety of media. He had not taken any of his own photographs yet, but he was making art that incorporated many photographic images appropriated from other sources, including pages torn from magazines and books. This early interest reflected the importance of the photographic image in the culture and art of our time, including the work of such notable artists as Andy Warhol, whom Mapplethorpe greatly admired.

Robert Mapplethorpe_Milton Moore, 1981
Robert Mapplethorpe_Milton Moore, 1981
 
Robert Mapplethorpe_Thomas, 1987
Robert Mapplethorpe_Thomas, 1987
 
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