Boston: Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown and Company, 1990.
Hardcover. 12" X 10 1/4". Unpaginated. Very mild shelf wear to covers, corners, and edges of price-clipped dust jacket. Foxing to inside of jacket. Green cloth over boards with spine lettered in black. Faint foxing to front paste-down and front free endpaper. Pages are bright, clean, and unmarked. Binding is sound. 50 color illustrations.
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
Among the motifs considered to be typically Mapplethorpe--i.e. nudes, portraits, black men, and the New York gay scene--flowers had a firmly-established (albeit less spectacular) position. The first date from the seventies; the last were taken shortly before his death. Design was also dominant here; the perfect, emphatically artifical arrangement. And in the final analysis, he was also concerned with the same subject: stylizing sexuality into a still life. Under Mapplethorpe's gaze, flowers lose their mellifluous-ness and innocent symbolism. They suddenly reveal a perfidious, at times decadent, eloquence. Once again one encounters two things in their utmost perfection: erotic drama and absolute clarity of composition--the celestial poles and quintessence of Mapplethorpe's work. His long-time partner, singer-songwriter Patti Smith, composed a farewell poem for this volume.(Publisher). Very good / Good +. Item #7891