Robert Mapplethorpe, Thomas, 1986. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Thomas, 1986
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

Annette Lemieux, Bad Habits, 2012. Pigment print, 36 x 54 inches

Annette Lemieux, Bad Habits, 2012
Pigment print, 36 x 54 inches

Robert Mapplethorpe

Figure and Flower Studies

Annette Lemieux


(Baldessari, Beuys, Chaplin, Duchamp,
Evans, Guston, Man Ray, and Trockel)

15 February - 10 March, 2013

The Baldwin Gallery is pleased to present figure and flower photographs by renowned contemporary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. This is Baldwin Gallery's eighth show with the artist's estate. Though he is perhaps best known for controversial subject matter, he always sought to show the beauty of his subjects. Mapplethorpe's figure studies resemble the classical Greek sculptures of the past, bodies smooth and perfect; the ideal human form. The flowers, like his figures are dramatic and angular and seemingly perfect. They dance, gracefully and silently in a black and white ballet. Robert Mapplethorpe was born in 1946, and he received a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He died of AIDS in 1989 at the age of 42.

Also showing at the Baldwin Gallery third exhibition with Annette Lemieux entitled DUETS. In this exhibition, Annette pays homage to artists that have inspired her for the last 30 years such as Philip Guston and Joseph Beuys, among others. Beuy's Felt Suit, 1970, is reinvented with femininity by Lemieux, constructing a felt suit for a woman using her own measurements with the Woman's Felt Suit, 2012. In The Canvas, 1973, Guston paints a canvas with his own eye transfixed upon the viewer. Lemieux creates a similar work using her own eye as the subject, staring but not piercing, upon those who look. It is both intimate and voyeuristic. In 1980, Annette Lemieux received her B.F.A. from Hartford Art School, Univ. of Hartford, CT and is currently a Senior Lecturer in Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.

Images are available upon request. Please call 970.920.9797 for further information.