Warhol & Mapplethorpe

Guise & Dolls

Edited by Patricia Hickson; With essays by Patricia Hickson, Jonathan D. Katz, Tirza True Latimer, Vincent Fremont, Eileen Myles, and Christopher Makos, and an interview by Maria Luisa Pacelli

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October 27, 2015
184 pages, 9 1/2 x 11
148 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300214338
Hardcover

Published in association with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

A landmark examination of iconic and provocative portraits by Warhol and Mapplethorpe, presented side by side and in depth for the first time

Andy Warhol (1928–1987) and Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) are well known for significant work in portraiture and self-portraiture that challenged gender roles and notions of femininity, masculinity, and androgyny. This exciting and original book is the first to consider the two artists together, examining the powerful portraits they created during the vibrant and tumultuous era bookended by the Stonewall riots and the AIDS crisis. Several important bodies of work are featured, including Warhol’s Ladies and Gentlemen series of drag queen portraits and his collaboration with Christopher Makos on Altered Image, in which Warhol was photographed in makeup and wigs, and Mapplethorpe’s photographs of Patti Smith and of female body builder Lisa Lyon. These are explored alongside numerous other paintings, photographs, and films that demonstrate the artists’ engagement with gender, identity, beauty, performance, and sexuality, including their own self-portraits and portraits of one another.
 
Essays trace the convergences and divergences of Warhol and Mapplethorpe’s work, and examine the historical context of the artists’ projects as well as their lasting impact on contemporary art and queer culture. Firsthand accounts by the artists’ collaborators and subjects reveal details into the making and exhibition of some of the works presented here. With an illustrated timeline highlighting key moments in the artists’ careers, and more than 90 color plates of their arresting pictures, this book provides a fascinating study of two of the most compelling figures in 20th-century art.

Patricia Hickson is the Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
(10/17/15–1/24/16)

"This fascinating read...is the first to consider the mutual influence Warhol and Mapplethorpe had on each other, showcasing some of the artists' most powerful portraiture work." —Out Magazine, selected as one of five "Best Coffee Table Books" 2015