Robert Mapplethorpe: A Season in Hell.

American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe had a brief, but controversial career. Now, 20 years after his death in 1989, there is still plenty to be discovered.

Self Portrait,1985

Self Portrait

From 14th October 2009, Alison Jacques Gallery will present Robert Mapplethorpe - 'A Season in Hell' (selected works). Mapplethorpe is famous for his large-scale, highly stylized black and white portraits, Polaroids, flower photos and homo-erotic images. Fuelled by a passion for classical sculpture and strongly influenced by his repressive Catholic upbringing he quickly found a way to express his ideas about sexuality, love and death through visual symbolism.

White Gauze, 1984

Lisa Lyon, 1982

Mark Stevens (Mr 10½), 1976

Calla Lily, 1987

Patti Smith, 1978

Opening and performance by Patti Smith on 13th October 2009. 6-8PM. Exhibition starts 14th October - 21st November 2009.

Alison Jacques Gallery

The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation