Robert Mapplethorpe – Franco Noero
Galleria Franco Noero has the honor of hosting, in its new premises, the first exhibition of works by Robert Mapplethorpe, curated by Richard Flood in collaboration with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation and Museo Casa Mollino. The show includes a selection of about fifty images, icluding Polaroids, taken from the American artist’s body of work. The exhibition, which is also designed to bring out some less wellknown aspects of the artist’s oeuvre, develops through a journey of images he created between 1977 and 1988, in which we find some of his best-loved themes and genres in a dialectic sequence: portraits, still lifes, interiors, landscapes, and male and female nudes – be they of the American dancer Alistair Butler, featured in an extraordinary suite of images, or the pictures of Mapplethorpe’s obsessive search for perfection in the statuesque body of Lisa Lyon, or the almost abstract anatomical details of the model Livingston’s black skin.
In all these photographs we find the characteristics that made Mapplethorpe one of the most important artists of the twentieth century: his relationship with classicism, both in his compositions and in his search for a sculptural quality in the contrast between light and shade, his passion for adopting unusual viewpoints in his choice of themes, which are often decidedly unconventional and transgressive, and an extreme formal and stylistic precision which contrasts with his ability to capture the unexpected, creating a sense of mysterious awe.
Galleria Franco Noero – Via Mottalciata 10 – Torino
4 June – 26 July, 2013