Gladstone Gallery announced today that it will represent the estate of Robert Mapplethorpe in New York. An exhibition of his works will be presented at the gallery’s 515 West Twenty-Fourth Street location in spring 2018. “Robert was one of my closest friends, and we worked on a series of portfolios together in the 1980s,” Barbara Gladstone said in a statement. “His work and his personality made a profound and eternal impact on my life, and we are thrilled to support the efforts of his foundation to ensure his spirit is kept alive and that he remains one of the world’s most influential artists of the twentieth century.”
Born in Queens, New York, in 1946, Mapplethorpe left home in 1962 to enroll at the Pratt Institute, where he studied painting and sculpture, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1970. Throughout his career, Mapplethorpe captured a diverse mix of subjects with his lens, including male and female nudes, celebrity and commissioned portraits, New York’s subculture scenes, and still lifes. Among the institutions that staged solo exhibitions of his work are the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.