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Nick Clifford Simko

"Robert Mapplethorpe's Itialian Devil as Self-Portrait"

Saturday, November 08 - 2:00PM to 2:50PM
Marriott, Commonwealth Ballroom

In the essay "Robert Mapplethorpe's Italian Devil as Self-Portrait," Nick Clifford Simko examines the role of the he-goat in the life and work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Simko recounts the transformative history of the character over time, from the Grecian satyr to the Christian Devil to the Romantic fallen angel. Simko continues on to evaluate the presence of the satyr-cum-devil in Mapplethorpe's biography, studio output and personal collection of art objects. He then contends that a photograph of a nineteenth-century bronze satyr is in fact the final self-portrait of the artist in his most revisited guise.


Nick Clifford Simko
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