Attitude

ROBERT MAPPLETHOR­PE

- Out 3 April, £ 125 phaidon. com

One of the 20th century’s most ground- breaking and provocativ­e artists, Robert Mapplethor­pe’s body of work is celebrated comprehens­ively in Phaidon’s 384- page hardback book, edited and designed by Mark Holborn and Dimitri Levas. Covering his nudes, self- portraits, portraits, floral still- lifes and his controvers­ial, sexually explicit X Portfolio, there are dozens of new photograph­s, plus an introducti­on by author and political commentato­r Andrew Sullivan and an opening poem by Patti Smith — Mapplethor­pe’s lover, muse and soul mate. A queer necessity.

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