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9 posts tagged "Robert Mapplethorpe"

Borgo Magic


In keeping with the tradition of using his famous stylish fans as his models (Vanessa Traina, Lauren Santo Domingo, and Kate Lanphear, to name a few), Eddie Borgo brought on V‘s Cecilia Dean to star in his latest ad campaign. “Cecilia was a natural progression for us; she exemplifies all those mysterious, sexy elements of a woman with effortless style,” Borgo tells “I was so nervous, at first, to ask for her participation, but so thrilled when she accepted at a friend’s dinner party in Paris.” The collection was inspired by magic and the occult, referencing the work of British occultist Austin Osman Spare and Robert Mapplethorpe’s projects outside of photography. “The connection between the two artists was their ability to create imagery that was simultaneously strong as it was elegant and refined,” explains Borgo. His translation of the two artists’ work came in the form of geometric shapes, like stars and pentagrams, which he then covered in white powder “to evoke the feeling of lace.”

For the shoot, he enlisted his go-to team: stylist Keegan Singh and photographer Paul Maffi. Here, catch Dean in action in this exclusive video along with a shot from the campaign.

Photo: Paul Maffi

Rosie On The Runway, James Franco To Play Mapplethorpe, Harper Beckham’s “Ridiculous” Wardrobe, And More…


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ended her year-long catwalk hiatus to strut down the runway in the Animale fashion show in São Paulo. The model donned two looks from designer Priscilla Darolt’s Fall ’12 collection. [Telegraph]

James Franco has reportedly signed on to play Robert Mapplethorpe in an upcoming biopic about the photographer directed by Ondi Timoner. No word yet on who will play his pal Patti Smith. [Hint]

Watch out, Suri, there’s a new baby style star in town. David and Victoria Beckham’s 6-month-old daughter Harper has already been seen wearing Chloé tights and Bonpoint looks. “Her wardrobe is ridiculous,” her dad jokes. “I’m glad I got a two-year contract.” [Vogue U.K.]

Courtney Love, who faced eviction from her West Village town house after she reportedly set it on fire, has won her court battle. Despite her triumph in the case, Love is moving out when the lease expires in February to a new spot downtown. [Page Six]

Found In Curation:
Sofia Coppola’s Robert Mapplethorpe


Gallerist Thaddaeus Ropac has a long history of collaborating with fellow creative types to showcase the work of Robert Mapplethorpe—Hedi Slimane and avant-garde director Robert Wilson among them. For his latest coup, the groundbreaking impresario—who has been showing Mapplethorpe’s work for decades—has brought a new light into the fold: Sofia Coppola and Robert Mapplethorpe.

For the new show, Coppola presents the photographer from her own perspective, bringing to light some lesser-known images. “When I was going through Robert Mapplethorpe’s archive at the [Mapplethorpe] Foundation, selecting the photographs for the show, it was interesting to discover images I didn’t know of his,” Coppola said. “For example, it was the first time I saw that he had done sweet portraits of children. It was a side of his work that was completely new to me.” Below, speaks with Ropac about Coppola and the unseen side of Mapplethorpe.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Curated by Sofia Coppola, runs through January 7, 2012, at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 7 rue Debelleyme, Paris,

Tell me about the decision to present Mapplethorpe’s work through the lens of another artist.
Together with the Mapplethorpe Foundation, we decided that one way to look at his work was to ask different personalities from the creative world to curate an exhibition. In 2005, we asked Hedi Slimane to curate a show in our Paris gallery. His own passion for photography brought him close to Mapplethorpe’s aesthetics, allowing him to revisit the work in an intimate manner. In 2006, we asked Robert Wilson to curate an exhibition for the Salzburg gallery; Bob had known Mapplethorpe and shared a close friendship and artistic dialogue. Bob’s show originated from his very unique experience of being photographed by Mapplethorpe, which influenced his selection as it was comprised solely of portraits, offering the viewpoint of someone on the other side of the lens.

And why choose Sofia for this new exhibition?
When I saw Lost in Translation, certain images and framing made me think that it could be incredible to bring these two creative universes together.

What aspect of Mapplethorpe’s work is highlighted in this exhibition?
Sofia made her selection of photographs from the Mapplethorpe archives at the Foundation in New York. She has chosen a totally different perspective, one that is probably more contemplative and not so straight on, somehow more intuitive. In fact, the idea of these curated shows is to present Mapplethorpe’s work in a less academic light. She will include many of his still-life flower photographs, but has also selected some lesser-known portraits of children and animals. These will be punctuated by photographs of landscapes, which may recall scenes from a film.

These images aren’t the ones we typically associate with Mapplethorpe, which tend to be more provocative and, often, homoerotic.
Mapplethorpe’s work implies a certain sexual aesthetic that Sofia has chosen not to present in this show, so she will definitely show a different side to the artist’s work through her selection, which will go beyond the obvious.

How do you feel about Mapplethorpe’s legacy nearly 30 years after you first showcased his work?
I was very proud to show his work in Salzburg in the eighties. Mapplethorpe’s career underwent an incredible transformation from the Robert Mapplethorpe I met back then, whose work was very underground, to his first photographs being purchased by an important museum as the Guggenheim, to being considered an artist who largely contributed to positioning photography as an art form in its own right and, ultimately, to becoming one of the major artists of the twentieth century.

Photo: Marisa Berenson, 1983 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg

Exclusive: An Inside Look At Patti Smith: Camera Solo


Patti Smith has made her mark on the world with her legendary, avant-garde music and written words, but what people have yet to discover is her impressive photography talent, until now. Today marks the opening of her first-ever U.S. museum exhibition, Patti Smith: Camera Solo, at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. “The real, true reason we did this show is I think her photography is really quite brilliant,” Susan L. Talbott, the museum’s director, tells “I hope that with this exhibition people will understand and appreciate her photography like they do her music.”

There is, of course, a link that runs between her music, poetry, and photography and no, it’s not her great friend, Robert Mapplethorpe. “It has less to do with Robert,” Talbott says. “The one common thread between her music and her art is they are both incredibly intimate.”

Case in point: Smith gave a performance in the Wadsworth’s historic, 300-person auditorium last night, and as Talbott explains, “every single person in there felt they were having this incredible, personal experience with Patti.” The same goes for her 70-photo exhibition, which includes the infamous image of Smith and Mapplethorpe on their second anniversary taken in a Coney Island photo booth as seen in her book, Just Kids. The exhibit is a scrapbook of Smith’s life and inspirations, including Mapplethorpe’s prized cross and slippers, photos of poet Jim Carroll’s deathbed exactly as he left it (complete with the sheets he died in), and an entire room dedicated to her icon, poet Arthur Rimbaud. Here, has the exclusive first look inside the exhibit, open through February 19, 2012.

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Borgo’s French Toast


“There is a correlation between the idea of mysticism and art and I think that this collection was a study in that,” Eddie Borgo told in Paris this weekend. As one of the CFDA designers selected for the “Americans in Paris” program, Borgo was showing his magic-inspired collection for its second round, this time at Paris’ Palais Royal’s Galérie Joyce.

In between taking in the city’s “bright, beautiful streets” and dining at his favorite Moroccan restaurant in the Marais, 404, Borgo was giving the French a taste of what he has to offer. For Spring ’12, it’s a collection of sinister powder-coated metal works in black, white, and lavender, inspired by a book of Robert Mapplethorpe’s frames, as well as one about the life of turn-of-the-century Wiccan magician and artist Austin Osman Spare. “A lot of the shapes and silhouettes come from the symbols that we identify with magic, and the idea of good versus evil,” says Borgo.

Aiming to make his work more feminine, Borgo played with the idea of geometric lace, apparent in delicate, matte earrings and necklaces that recall overlapping pentagrams and the architecture of the Chrysler building. Black and white horsehair, which the designer incorporated into the collection because of the animal’s mystical connotations, brought an especially occult edge to caged-heart necklaces and the designer’s tassel earrings, which, this season, were capped with pavé crystals and had an air of vintage glamour. This week, Borgo’s back to work in his new Nolita studio working magic on his next collection.

Photo: Courtesy of Eddie Borgo