Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Mapplethorpe and Mayumi Terada Exhibition

Robert Miller Gallery

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Robert Miller Gallery presents three exhibitions; a selection of paintings, drawings, and screen prints by Jean-Michel Basquiat; photographs and installation by Robert Mapplethorpe including his X Portfolio and Altarpiece of 1970; and recent photographs and models by Mayumi Terada.

The graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn in 1960. He started his career spraying his tag SAMO on the streets of SoHo in the late 1970s and early 1980s, his work was included in the seminal The Times Square Show in 1980, he joined the Annina Nosei Gallery in 1981, and by 1982 he was a central member of the Neo-Expressionist Movement. The artist died in 1988. He is the subject of The Radiant Child, a 2010 documentary directed by Tamra Davis. Basquiat’s work is found in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Brooklyn Museum, among many others.

The presentation of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work includes the 13 photographs from the X Portfolio, which was published by Robert Miller Gallery in 1978. This portfolio represents some of the most controversial and shocking images by the artist and its inclusion in the 1989 exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe, The Perfect Moment sparked a major controversy. The exhibition also features an important early assemblage altar from 1970 consisting of a bricolage of found objects – fur, lamps, drapery, a wooden crate and table, and votive objects. Robert Mapplethorpe was born in 1946 in Floral Park, Queens and received a B.F.A. from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He died in 1989. Mapplethorpe’s work is found in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, and many others.

Mayumi Terada’s second solo exhibition at the gallery is a selection of recent photographs and models. Terada’s subjects are magical, sparsely appointed, light-infused spaces. They are stripped down settings with windows or doors, simple domestic furnishings, and landscapes that evoke a sense of absence. But these images are not what they seem. Subtle inconsistencies of scale disrupt the reading of the scene. In reality the artist has constructed her own subjects. They are miniature table-top tableaux that she has made by her own hand. These models are illuminated by natural light and then photographed. This second exhibition of the artist’s work at the gallery is accompanied by a collection of her subjects and tableaux – the miniature scenes, plates, chairs, beds, tables, and suitcases that are presented in her works. Terada was born in Tokyo in 1958. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Tsukuba in 1989. In 2001 she moved from her native Japan to take up residence in New York City where she lives and works. A new publication on the artist’s photographs titled Living Absence was released in 2009 by Gram Books. Her work is found in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; The Japan Society, New York; and IVAM, Institut Valencia d'Art Modern.



from September 23, 2010 to November 13, 2010

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