Robert Mapplethorpe has had a big year. First, Raf Simmons honored the photographer by sending his spring ’17 collection down the runway, emblazoned with Mapplethorpe’s erotic photos. Now, on what would be the artist’s 70th birthday, photographer Juergen Teller has a curated a new exhibit showcasing never-before-seen Mapplethorpe photographs alongside some of his classics, from portraits of Patti Smith to his documentation of early New York BDSM.
Teller on Mapplethorpe at Alison Jacques Gallery in London brings together two photographic visionaries in 48 images, focusing on Mapplethorpe’s fascination with the human form and career-spanning themes of sexuality, bondage and beauty. Featuring Polaroids from early in his career to still-life photos from Mapplethorpe’s final years, the exhibition offers a look at Robert Mapplethorpe through the eyes of Juergen Teller, another photographer whose highly defined style is present across mediums, from his art to commercial fashion photography.
“Provocative and subversive, making images which are the antithesis of conventional fashion photography, Juergen Teller was the only choice to curate this special exhibition of Robert’s work,” said gallery owner, Alison Jacques. “There are obvious parallels between these two artists and I believe Juergen’s eye will bring a new reading of Robert’s work.”
Teller on Mapplethorpe is on view now until January 2017.