Fototeca de Cuba, 2005 First edition Softcover, 28 pages, 255 x 255 mm Text in English and Spanish Condition: Fine
Rare catalog for Robert Mapplethorpe's exhibition Sagrado y Profano [Sacred and Profane], held in La Habana in 2005. It includes a selection of 12 works characteristic for the photographer's classic sense of composition and traditional genres such as portraits (including self-portrait), nudes and still-lifes in stark black-and-white contrasts.
Raised as a Catholic with a strong sense of good and evil, Mapplethorpe, in later life, often spoke of the crucial influence of his Catholic upbringing. In fact, religious iconography is both the thematic and the formal device in many of his works. Sacred and Profane embraces the internal contradictions of the artist. At times finding beauty in what other consider profane, he affirms the singularity of desire. Yet his mastery of formal composition and his classical temperament allow him to project these subjective desires onto the objective plane of history, religion and society.
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