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Nudes
(1982-1992)

Mapplethorpe's early representations of the nude form between 1982-1992 embody striking luminosity. In many of the compositions the body becomes a platform for the artist to experiment with elements of light, movement, and time; essentially sculpting the form through shadow and geometry. As a result, the body often takes on semblances of architecture or the landscape. Traces of this early experimentation can be seen throughout later bodies of work.

Above (L to R):
Maryanne, 1989
Untitled
, 1989
Melody
, 1988
Maryanne
, 1990
Landscape with Nude
, 1990