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The Cube 248, 2016 © Edward Mapplethorpe

Solo Exhibition


Edward Mapplethorpe

Opening: Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 18-20h (Facebook Event)
Exhibition: September 14 – October 31, 2016
Curated by Katharina Maria Raab
Opening hours: Wed-Sat 13-18h
Admission free


Katharina Maria Raab Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Edward Mapplethorpe scheduled to open in conjunction with Berlin Art Week in September 2016. The exhibition, entitled PROCESS, will feature The Cube, a new series of eight photographs derived from photographer Ansel Adams’ Lighting a Cube project that was featured in his seminal book from 1980 entitled The Negative. Adams created the Zone System, a photographic technique to systematically determine the optimal film exposure and development of a black and white photograph. For this body of work Mapplethorpe built a symmetrical three-sided cube and implemented Adams’ prescribed lighting technique to represent and photograph the nine tones that comprise the grayscale zone system. This project is a continuation of Mapplethorpe’s experimentation with photographic processes. Also on view will be series of ‘portraits’ of traditional analogue photographic equipment including the Hasselblad medium format camera owned by the artist’s elder brother Robert and the artist’s own darkroom enlarger.

Born and raised in New York, Edward Mapplethorpe began his solo career in 1990 and was quickly acclaimed for his luminous nudes, portraits, and still lives. More recently, the artist has expanded his practice to include abstract works that challenge traditional definitions of the photographic medium. Mapplethorpe has been the subject of several international solo and group exhibitions and was most recently the subject of ONE: Sons & Daughters, a monograph of the artist’s portraits of one-year old children spanning twenty years, published by powerHouse Books. Mapplethorpe lives and works in New York City.

Part of the EMOP Berlin 2016 – European Month of Photography Berlin 2016. Discover more Festival highlights on PiB under the tag #EMOP Berlin 2016!

Teil des EMOP Berlin 2016 – Europäischer Monat der Fotografie Berlin 2016. Entdecke weitere Festival-Highlights auf FiB unter dem Tag #EMOP Berlin 2016!

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