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Edward Mapplethorpe

Edward Mapplethorpe

September 6 – October 27, 2007

Untitled, No. 880, 2007
Untitled, No. 860, 2007
Untitled, No. 847, 2007
Untitled, No. 856, 2007
Untitled, No. 856, 2007
Untitled, No. 826, 2007

Edward Mapplethorpe

September 6 - October 27


Press Release

Foley Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works on paper by Edward Mapplethorpe.


In this new body of work Mapplethorpe continues his formal exploration of line, combining the gestural impulses of action painting with the mechanical processes of the photographic medium.  The artist’s use of hair as subject allow for the play between control and randomness that has always structured and tempered his work to reach a new level of complexity.


For Mapplethorpe, hair has always been emblematic of revolution, acting as a cultural signifier and barometer of change against the status quo.  It’s implementation here is evocative of both the conceptual and formal risks undertaken by the artist in creating this ambitious project.  The exhibition is composed of unique works solely created in the darkroom without the use of traditional cameras.  The result is a spiritual and organic balance between chaos and order encompassing a stunning visual range spanning from the intricate delicacy of fleeting lines to bold, graphic tangles of color.


This new abstract work provides a telling connection not only to Mapplethorpe’s history as a photographer but as an artist who has journeyed to push the limitations of the photographic process.


The exhibition will include unique groups of color chromogenic prints and black & white lith prints along with a related edition of lithographs.


Edward Mapplethorpe was born in Queens, NY in 1960 and lives and works in New York.   He has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally.  In 2004, Mapplethorpe was the recipient of the Henry Buhl Foundation Prize.


The exhibition will remain on view until October 27, 2007.  Foley Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm.  For more information or to request images, please contact the gallery at 212.244.9081 or via e-mail at