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Robert Mapplethorpe papers and photographs, circa 1850-2011, bulk 1970-1989

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Series I. Creative work, circa 1850-2009 (bulk 1960-1988)
Series I.A. Artworks by Robert Mapplethorpe, circa 1964-1988
Series I.B. Artworks by others, circa 1850-2009 (bulk 1969-1988)
Series I.C. Non-editioned prints, 1974-1989, 2008
Series I.D. Portfolios, circa 1970-2005
Series I.E. Commissioned and commercial works, 1970-1993, undated
Series I.F. Jewelry, 1970s
Series I.G. Films, 1978-1984
Series II. Photographic practice, circa 1975-2000
Series II.A. Card inventory of editioned prints, circa 1979-circa 1991
Series II.B. Shooting books, circa 1979-1989
Series II.C. Model releases, 1978-2000
Series II.D. Polaroid test shots, circa 1975-1989
Series III. Photographic documentation, 1969-circa 1989, undated
Series V. Exhibition files, 1977-1992, undated
Series VI. Interviews and documentaries, circa 1980-circa 1989, undated
Series VII. Financial and administrative files, 1964-1995, bulk 1975-1989, undated
Series VIII. Collections and miscellaneous items, circa 1880-1989, undated
Series IX. Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, 1977-2011, undated
Series IX.A. Administrative files, 1989-circa 2011, undated
Series IX.B. Exhibition files, 1989-2011, undated
Series IX.C. Press materials and published works, 1989-2003, undated
Series IV. Correspondence, 1969-1991, undated
Series IV.A. Personal and professional, 1969-1991, undated
Series IV.B. General correspondence files, 1973-1990, undated
Mapplethorpe (Robert) papers
Series I. Creative work, circa 1850-2009 (bulk 1960-1988) 219.6 Linear Feet (147 boxes, 5 flatfile folders, 2 rolls)
Series I.D. Portfolios, circa 1970-2005 8.6 Linear Feet (6 boxes)
This series contains Mapplethorpe's original leather portfolios featuring prints he used to showcase his work while meeting with clients, galleries, and museum professionals. Portfolio 2 also includes a small quantity of ephemera, including fliers by Patti Smith.
The original prints were removed from the portfolios and housed separately for preservation. Facsimiles of each print have been made for preservation and study purposes and are sleeved in the portfolios in their original order.
Titles were taken from published or collection sources when available. Titles were devised by the cataloger in cases where no known title was found. These are accompanied by descriptive notes.
Sources consulted:
Robert Mapplethorpe papers and photographs, circa 1850-2011 (bulk 1970-1989), The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2011.M.20.
Terpak, Frances, Michelle Brunnick, Patti Smith, Jonathan Weinberg, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Archive. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2016.
Wolf, Sylvia, and Robert Mapplethorpe. Polaroids: Mapplethorpe. Munich: Prestel, 2007.
Arrangement
Portfolios are arranged according to their original order and are listed chronologically.
Portfolio 1, circa 1970-circa 1975
Twenty-five 11x14 gelatin silver black-and-white prints and three 11x14 chromogenic color prints.
box
113 Original photographic prints
2011.M.20.Port1.01r Untitled (Randy), 1975
2011.M.20.Port1.01v Untitled (Marianne Faithfull), 1974
2011.M.20.Port1.02r [Marianne Faithfull], 1974
2011.M.20.Port1.02v Untitled (Terry), between 1973 and 1975
2011.M.20.Port1.03r [White Male Holding Black Hat], circa 1975
Full-length black-and-white portrait of a white male holding a black hat in his right hand, sitting on a white cloth-covered platform and facing the camera with one knee up.
2011.M.20.Port1.03v Untitled (Peter Berlin), between 1973 and 1975
2011.M.20.Port1.04r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port1.04v Untitled (Jay Johnson), 1970
2011.M.20.Port1.05r [White Male Leaning over a Table], between 1973 and 1975
Three-quarter-length black-and-white portrait of a white male wearing jeans and leather jacket leaning forward over a white cloth-covered platform, supported on his elbows. His body is in profile but he looks toward the camera.
2011.M.20.Port1.05v [White Female Wearing a Kimono], circa 1975
Black-and-white bust portrait of a white female with dark hair wearing a black kimono and leaning against a white pillow, focus slightly blurred.
2011.M.20.Port1.06r [White Male Bent Flat over a Table], between 1973 and 1975
Three-quarter-length black-and-white portrait of a white male wearing jeans and leather jacket, bent at waist with his chest leaning flat on a white cloth-covered platform. His body is in profile but his face is turned toward the camera.
2011.M.20.Port1.06v Untitled (Ossie Clark), 1974
2011.M.20.Port1.07r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port1.07v Double Portrait, between 1973 and 1974
From the 1973 series of black-and-white Polaroids featuring subjects Charles and Jim.
2011.M.20.Port1.08r Untitled (Henry Geldzahler), 1973
2011.M.20.Port1.08v [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port1.09r Untitled (Helen Marden), 1974
2011.M.20.Port1.09v [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port1.10r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port1.10v [Richard Sohl Standing Behind a Velvet Chair], between 1970 and 1975
Full-length black-and-white portrait of musician Richard Sohl standing behind a velvet upholstered chair, facing the camera.
2011.M.20.Port1.11r David I, 1974
2011.M.20.Port1.11v Untitled (Mary Naef), 1975
2011.M.20.Port1.12r Untitled (Michael), 1974
2011.M.20.Port1.12v John McKendry, 1975
2011.M.20.Port1.13r [White Male Wearing Blindfold and Handcuffs], between 1970 and 1973
Three-quarter-length black-and-white portrait of blindfolded, handcuffed white male, arms tied with rope above his head.
2011.M.20.Port1.13v Charles and Jim, 1973-1974
2011.M.20.Port1.14r Self-Portrait, 1973
Half-length black-and-white self-portrait of shirtless Mapplethorpe in blurred focus.
2011.M.20.Port1.14v Untitled (Stewart Foster), between 1973 and 1975
2011.M.20.Port1.15r [Bill Joulis, Clothed, Sitting on Box], 1975
Full-length black-and-white profile of Bill Joulis sitting on a wooden platform wearing jeans and leather jacket.
2011.M.20.Port1.15v [Bill Joulis, Nude, on His Back], 1975
Full-length black-and-white profile portrait of Bill Joulis laying on his back on a cloth-covered platform and masturbating.
2011.M.20.Port1.16r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port1.16v [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port1.17r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port1.17v [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port1.18r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port1.18v [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port1.19r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port1.19v [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port1.20r.1 [Nude White Female Posing on Floor, View at Floor Level], circa 1975
Full-length chromogenic color image featuring nude white female laying on fabric on a wood floor next to radiator pipes and bright, uncovered windows. The view is from just above floor level.
2011.M.20.Port1.20r.2 [White Male on Motorcycle], circa 1975
Full-length chromogenic color portrait of a white male [possibly Gavin Cort] sitting on a motorcycle, facing camera.
2011.M.20.Port1.20v [Nude White Female Posing on Floor, View from Above], circa 1975
Full-length choromogenic color portrait of a nude white female laying on white fabric on wood floor next to bare windows. View from above.
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114 Portfolio with facsimilies
See box number 113 for list of contents.
Portfolio 2, circa 1976-circa 1977
Thirty-five 11x14 gelatin silver black-and-white prints and two 11x14 chromogenic color prints.
box
115 Original photographic prints
2011.M.20.Port2.01r Untitled (Lilies), between 1973 and 1975
2011.M.20.Port2.01v Amaryllis, 1977
2011.M.20.Port2.02r [Amaryllis in Pot], circa 1977
Black-and-white image of an amaryllis plant in a pot in the center of the frame. A red "X" has been drawn on the print.
2011.M.20.Port2.02v [Overlapping Floor Rugs with Triangular Shadow], circa 1977
Black-and-white interior view showing overlapping floor rugs with tassel details and geometric edge design, triangular shadow taking over the lower right corner of the frame.
2011.M.20.Port2.03r [Abstract Interior with Couch in Half-Shadow], circa 1977
Black-and-white interior view with light-colored furniture piece in half-shadow against dark background.
2011.M.20.Port2.03v [Glass Objects in Shadow against White Surface], circa 1977
Black-and-white image showing a glass bottle and cups in shadow with light streaks in a geometric composition against interior walls.
2011.M.20.Port2.04r [Interior with Doorknob in Shadow], circa 1977
Black-and-white geometric composition with white door and doorknob in half-shadow.
2011.M.20.Port2.04v [Interior with Ottoman and Other Furniture], circa 1977
Black-and-white image of furniture with floral-patterned cushions in interior space, central in frame is a footed ottoman featuring a geometric frieze detail.
2011.M.20.Port2.05r [Black Chair with White Seat Cushion in a Corner], circa 1977
Black-and-white image of a boxy black chair with rounded back topped with a white seat cushion in the corner of a white room.
2011.M.20.Port2.05v Untitled (Couch Pillow), circa 1976
2011.M.20.Port2.06r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port2.06v Untitled (Loulou de la Falaise), circa 1976
2011.M.20.Port2.07r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port2.07v [White Female Wearing All White, Smoking on a Couch], circa 1976
Full-length black-and-white portrait of a white female with short black hair wearing all white clothing, sitting on a white cloth-covered couch holding a cigarette in her right hand, looking at camera.
2011.M.20.Port2.08r [White Male Wearing Denim Shirt, Smoking], circa 1976
Bust-length black-and-white portrait of a dark-haired man wearing a denim shirt and holding a cigarette in his right hand up near his face, sitting on a white-covered seat against a gray wall.
2011.M.20.Port2.08v John Murphy, 1976
2011.M.20.Port2.09r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port2.09v [White Female with Bruised Eye, Wearing Black Dress], circa 1976
Three-quarter-length black-and-white portrait of a white female wearing a long black dress sitting near a wall with light switch, her right eye appears bruised.
2011.M.20.Port2.10r [White Male Wearing White Shoes Sitting on Bed], circa 1976
Full-length black-and-white portrait of a dark-haired white male wearing a light-colored outfit, sitting with crossed legs, one knee up, on a bed or couch with floral-patterned cover.
2011.M.20.Port2.10v Midel Klein, 1977
2011.M.20.Port2.11r Peter Chantel, 1977
2011.M.20.Port2.11v [White Male Wearing Sunglasses], circa 1976
Half-length black-and-white portrait of a white male wearing a sleeveless shirt and large sunglasses, sitting with his left arm resting on the back of a chair. A round wall hanging is just behind and to the right of his head.
2011.M.20.Port2.12r [White Male Wearing Striped Shirt Sitting near Leafy Plant], circa 1976
Half-length black-and-white outdoor portrait of a white male. His body is in profile, but his head is resting on his hand and turned toward camera. He wears a wrinkled striped shirt and sits near a leafy plant and a window.
2011.M.20.Port2.12v [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port2.13r [Shirtless White Male in Close Profile], circa 1976
Black-and-white bust portrait of a white male with blond hair, a diagonal shadow falls across his face and neck.
2011.M.20.Port2.13v Dennis Hopper and Friend, 1976
2011.M.20.Port2.14r Shirts, 1976
2011.M.20.Port2.14v [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port2.15r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port2.15v [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port2.16r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port2.16v [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port2.17r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port2.17v Aileen Getty, 1976
2011.M.20.Port2.18r John Paul Getty III, 1976
2011.M.20.Port2.18v Amanda Lear, 1976
2011.M.20.Port2.19r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port2.19v [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port2.20r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port2.20v [White Female on Stone Bench in front of a Rosebush], 1977
Full-length black-and-white portrait of a white female sitting with one leg up on a long stone bench holding a cigarette, white roses climb the wall behind her.
2011.M.20.Port2.21r Rose, 1977
2011.M.20.Port2.21v Dalmatian, 1976
2011.M.20.Port2.22r Kevin Farley, 1976
2011.M.20.Port2.22v Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1976
Full-length pose.
2011.M.20.Port2.23r Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1976
Close-up of face.
2011.M.20.Port2.23v [Seascape with Incoming Wave], circa 1976
Black-and-white landscape showing a water scene with white seafoam and waves and a muted gray sky.
2011.M.20.Port2.24r David Hockney and Henry Geldzahler, Fire Island, 1976
2011.M.20.Port2.24v Harry Lunn, 1976
2011.M.20.Port2.25r [Television, Album Cover Photograph for "Marquee Moon"], circa 1977
Chromogenic color photograph used on the cover of the debut album by the New York band Television, featuring Tom Verlaine, Billy Ficca, Richard Lloyd, and Fred Smith.
2011.M.20.Port2.25v [White Male Posing in Striped Pants] circa 1977
Chromogenic color print of a white male in shiny striped pants and white shoes, sitting on a platform against a brick wall painted black.
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116 Portfolio with facsimiles
See box number 115 for list of contents.
Portfolio 3,
Twenty-five 11x14 gelatin silver black-and-white prints and fifteen 11x14 chromogenic color prints.
box
117 Original photographic prints
2011.M.20.Port3.01r [Interior with Bed and Sunlight Shape on Floral Wallpaper], circa 1976
Chromogenic color print of an interior room with a densely patterned floral wallpaper and bed pillows at the bottom of the frame. Sunlight highlights the bed surface and forms a triangle on the wall at the left of the frame.
2011.M.20.Port3.01v [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port3.02r Ika, London, 1975
2011.M.20.Port3.02v Untitled, 1975
Three-quarter chromogenic color portrait of a white male wearing dark pants and an unbuttoned shirt, posing with arms raised against backdrop of ivy-covered exterior brick wall with round opening.
2011.M.20.Port3.03r Ex-Archbishop of Canterbury Ramsey and Bishop of Southwick, Stockwood, England, 1975
2011.M.20.Port3.03v [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port3.04r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port3.04v [Profile Portrait of Seated White Male in Dark Room], circa 1976
Three-quarter black-and-white portrait of a white male wearing a dark suit sitting in profile in a darkened room, looking upward, hands clasped at his knees.
2011.M.20.Port3.05r Guy Neville 1975
2011.M.20.Port3.05v Marianne Faithfull, 1976
2011.M.20.Port3.06r Freya Stark, 1975
2011.M.20.Port3.06v Patti Smith, 1975
Three-quarter chromogenic color portrait of Patti Smith holding a small object and standing next to two identical color prints of a horse head on a white wall.
2011.M.20.Port3.07r Untitled (Mr. Bahamas), circa 1975
2011.M.20.Port3.07v [Seated White Male Wearing a Business Suit], circa 1975
Three-quarter black-and-white portrait of a white male wearing a dark suit, his arms resting on the chair arms. A white square surface separate from the background wall appears just behind the chair, framing the sitter's torso.
2011.M.20.Port3.08r Paul Walter, 1979
2011.M.20.Port3.08v Patti Smith, 1975
Half-length black-and-white portrait of Patti Smith holding a black jacket over her left shoulder, standing or sitting in a triangle of light against a white wall.
2011.M.20.Port3.09r Self-Portrait, 1975
Three-quarter-length black-and-white self-portrait of Mapplethorpe, his head and body are just in the frame to the right while his arm extends across the frame.
2011.M.20.Port3.09v [White Female Seated on a Velvet Couch, Hands on Knees], circa 1976
Full-length black-and-white portrait of a white female wearing a long dark skirt sitting on a dark velvet couch with fringed bottom edge. Her head is tilted back and she is looking at the camera, with her arms outstretched and her hands holding her knees in front of her.
2011.M.20.Port3.10r David Croland, 1974
2011.M.20.Port3.10v Dani and Saede (Girlfriends), 1977
2011.M.20.Port3.11r [Smiling White Female with Long Red Hair Posing on a Beach], circa 1976
Full-length chromogenic color portrait of a white female with long red hair, wearing a long red and purple garment and multiple necklaces and bracelets, sitting in the sand by the ocean, turned at the waist to face the camera.
2011.M.20.Port3.11v Gavin Cort, 1975
2011.M.20.Port3.12r Dani Curtis, Los Angeles, 1977
2011.M.20.Port3.12v [View of Beach through Trees, Figures Sitting in the Distance] circa 1975
Black-and-white landscape featuring clothed white male and topless white female sitting on a beach in the distance, a view through tropical foliage toward ocean.
2011.M.20.Port3.13r [Boats in Water, Viewed from Shore], circa 1975
Chromogenic color image featuring anocean scene with boats floating on the distant horizon.
2011.M.20.Port3.13v [Carolina Herrera in a Porch Hammock], circa 1975
Full-length black-and-white profile portrait of Carolina Herrera wearing a long black garment, sitting in a hammock on a porch or patio, her head turned and looking toward the camera.
2011.M.20.Port3.14r [White Female in a Beach Hammock], circa 1975
Full-length black-and-white portrait of a white female with curly hair sitting in a net hammock on a sandy beach, looking toward the camera, her left arm hanging down toward the sand.
2011.M.20.Port3.14v [White Female Posing on Stone Bench Near Water], circa 1975
Full-length chromogenic color portrait of a white female with dark hair, wearing white a ruffled outfit, posing supine on a stone bench near a body of water.
2011.M.20.Port3.15r [Carolina Herrera Wearing Black Dress, Standing Against Pillar Near Water], circa 1975
Three-quarter chromogenic color portrait of Carolina Herrera standing against an architectural pillar near a body of water, her left hand on her hip and her head turned away from the camera.
2011.M.20.Port3.15v [White Male Wearing Cap, Sitting on a Porch with Palm Fronds in Distance], circa 1975
Full-length black-and-white portrait of a white male wearing a nautical style cap and shorts, sitting on an outdoor porch near a woven lattice wall holding one knee, with palm fronds and part of a house just behind him.
2011.M.20.Port3.16r [Tropical Landscape with Trees, Ocean, and Sky], circa 1975
Chromogenic color landscape with tropical trees in bottom third of frame, ocean in center, and cloudless sky above.
2011.M.20.Port3.16v [White Male Reclining on the Beach, Holding a Drink], circa 1975
Full-length black-and-white portrait of white male wearing white pants and brimmed hat, reclining on sand with a drink in his left hand, looking up and smiling at someone outside the frame.
2011.M.20.Port3.17r [White Female Sitting on a Narrow Bed, Holding a Cigarette], circa 1975
Full-length chromogenic color portrait of a white female with short curly hair wearing a white slip and red shawl, holding a cigarette in her left hand and sitting with her legs up on narrow bed next to a bedstand with a lamp.
2011.M.20.Port3.17v Isabella Lambton, 1976
Black-and-white portrait.
2011.M.20.Port3.18r Rose Lambton, 1976
Black-and-white portrait.
2011.M.20.Port3.18v Isabella Lambton, 1976
Chromogenic color portrait.
2011.M.20.Port3.19r Rose Lambton, 1976
Chromogenic color portrait.
2011.M.20.Port3.19v Stella Astor, 1976
2011.M.20.Port3.20r [White Female Wearing Dress With Puffy Sleeves], circa 1975
Full-length black-and-white portrait of a white female with long wavy hair, wearing a string of pearls and a dress with a full skirt and puffy sleeves, sitting with her hands crossed at her knees on the edge of a bed, looking at the camera.
2011.M.20.Port3.20v [White Male Wearing Striped Suit, Posing near Stone Arch], circa 1975
Half-length black-and-white portrait of a white male with blond hair wearing dark suit with pinstripes and a striped shirt, sitting near an outdoor stone arch or bridge.
2011.M.20.Port3.21r [Brice Marden and Ashtray], circa 1976
Full-length black-and-white portrait of the artist Brice Marden sitting on a wooden chair with legs crossed, holding a cigarette, an ashtray on the floor next to him.
2011.M.20.Port3.21v Robert Wilson, 1976
2011.M.20.Port3.22r [Blank Page]
2011.M.20.Port3.22v [Spherical Stone Garden Ornament on Grass], circa 1975
Chromogenic color landscape with an ornamental stone or concrete sphere on the ground where grass meets a dirt surface, tree leaves along the upper length of the frame.
box
118 Portfolio with facsimiles
See box number 117 for list of contents.


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