First Look: Robert Mapplethorpe’s ‘Saints and Sinners’

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Photo: Robert Mapplethorpe/Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, the Sean Kelly Gallery brought together 54 of the legendary photographer’s images and paired them together under the theme “Saints and Sinners.” The exhibit, which will be on view until January 25, 2014, places Mapplethorpe’s works in a series of pairs, with some connections being more obvious than others. Click through the slideshow for a first look at the photographs currently on view.

Photo: Robert Mapplethorpe/© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Alice Neel, 1984

Photo: Robert Mapplethorpe/© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Javier, 1985

Photo: Robert Mapplethorpe/© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Bruce Mailman, 1981

Photo: Robert Mapplethorpe/© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Christopher Holly, 1980

Photo: Robert Mapplethorpe/© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Colin Streeter, 1978

Photo: Robert Mapplethorpe/© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York

Leather Crotch, 1980

See: Robert Mapplethorpe’s ‘Saints and Sinners’