FAQ

What are the most recent developments at the Foundation?

Please find a list of articles about Robert Mapplethorpe and the Foundation's work below.

Robert Mapplethorpe's Photos Document a Vanishing Kind of Artistic Community by Nathan Dunne - The Guardian, November 6, 2017
Raf Simons Salutes Robert Mapplethorpe, a Fellow Provocateur by Matthew Schneier - New York Times, June 17, 2016
Why Mapplethorpe Still Matters, by Holland Cotter - New York Times, March 31, 2016
Artist Rooms, TATE and the National Galleries of Scotland
Mapplethorpe: A Sculptural Perspective, by Mara Hoberman - New York Times, April 15, 2014
Treasures from the Vault: Robert Mapplethorpe Papers and Photographs - The Getty Iris, January 29, 2013
Robert Mapplethorpe by Gary Indiana (Interview) - BOMB Magazine, originally published in issue 22, Winter 1988.
LACMA's 'XYZ' on Robert Mapplethorpe: Gay artist vs. straight tradition - Los Angeles Times, November 4, 2012
Deal Brings Mapplethorpe Shows - The New York Times, October 26, 2012
Mapplethorpe photos on view: Will they still shock? - Los Angeles Times, October 19, 2012
'In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe' is The Getty Museum's Homage to the Pigeonholed Artist - The Huffington Post, October 7, 2012
Mapplethorpe Foundation Donates Photographs to The Kinsey Institute - Indiana University, October 11, 2011

Where can I find more information about the Foundation's relationship with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art?

You may read and download the press release about the gift and acquisition by clicking here.

Does the Foundation make its archives available to outside scholars for research?

The Foundation does have some materials available for qualified candidates. You must present a written proposal for review and approval by the Foundation. You may send your proposal to Joree Adilman, Managing Director, at .

What are the Mapplethorpe Foundation's funding guidelines?

The Foundation's general funding guidelines can be reviewed by clicking here.
The Foundation's specific guidelines for AIDS/HIV research proposals can be downloaded by clicking here.
Proposal inquires may be made to Managing Director Joree Adilman at .

Can the general public view artworks by Robert Mapplethorpe that the Foundation currently owns?

No. The Foundation does not have a public exhibition space. Many of Mapplethorpe's works can be seen at museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. Large collections of his work are at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, jointly held at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, in the MoMA's collection and in the UK's Artist Rooms Collection. Also see our Exhibitions page for a list of current and upcoming Mapplethorpe shows.

Where can I buy Mapplethorpe related merchandise, such as notecards, books, etc.?

You can shop at the Foundation's online store by clicking here.

Can you tell me how much my Robert Mapplethorpe photograph is worth?

The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation does not appraise Robert Mapplethorpe's artwork. If you would like a professional appraisal, contact the appraisal department of Christie's (212-546-1000); Sotheby's (212-606-7000); or Phillips de Pury (212-940-1215) auction houses.

How do I get a Mapplethorpe work authenticated?

Authentication of Robert Mapplethorpe's work is available at the Foundation. You must be willing to leave the work at the Foundation for approximately two weeks. The fee for authentication of the work is $200. Please email a jpeg of the work you would like authenticated and all relevant information to Joree Adilman at

Does the Mapplethorpe Foundation loan Mapplethorpe works to museums for exhibitions?

Yes. Please contact Joree Adilman, Managing Director , for more information.

Does the Foundation accept gifts of Robert Mapplethorpe's artworks or memorabilia?

Yes. Please call the Foundation at 212-755-3025.

Does The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation give grants to individual artists?

The Foundation does not give grants directly to individuals. A good place for individual visual artists to find out about grant opportunities is Visual Artist Info Hotline, 800-232-2789, which operates Monday - Friday, 2-5 pm EST. Also visit the New York Foundation for the Arts nyfa.org and Creative Capital www.creative-capital.org .

How can I get permission to reproduce photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe as illustrations in a book, article or paper that I'm writing?

The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation owns the copyright to Robert Mapplethorpe's artworks, regardless of who owns specific works of art. Anyone wishing to reproduce Mapplethorpe's work in an academic paper, collection of academic essays or an exhibition catalogue should contact Joree Adilman, Managing Director, . For the details required to request reproduction rights, please click here.

How can I get permission to use Mapplethorpe reproductions in an advertisement, magazine or newspaper feature, text book or in other commercial ways, such as licensed merchandise?

Please contact Michael Van Horne at Art + Commerce, the licensing agency for the Foundation,
Tel: (212) 206-0737 or .

Does The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation give grants to organizations outside of the United States?

No, the Foundation grants funding only to organizations within the United States.

Who sits on the Foundation's Board of Directors?

Michael Ward Stout   President
Burton G. Lipsky
Dimitri Levas
Stewart Shining
Eric R. Johnson

Where can I purchase an original photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe?

Please contact one of the Foundation's representative galleries:
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
Mirabellplatz 2
5020 Salzburg, Austria
ropac.net
Xavier Hufkens Gallery
rue St-Georges 6-8
1050 Brussels
Belgium
xavierhufkens.com
Galeria Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel
Rua Fradique Coutinho 1500
05416-001 São Paulo
Brazil
fdag.com.br
Olga Korper Gallery
17 Morrow Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M6R 2H9
olgakorpergallery.com
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
7 rue Debelleyme
75003 Paris
France
ropac.net
Galerie Thomas Schulte
Charlottenstraße 24
D-10117 Berlin
Germany
galeriethomasschulte.de
Galleria Franco Noero
via mottalciata 10/B
10154 Torino
Italy
franconoero.com
Galería Elvira Gonzalez
Calle Hermanos Álvarez Quintero, 1
Madrid 28004
Spain
galeriaelviragonzalez.com
Mai 36 Galerie
Rämistrasse 37
CH-8001 Zürich
Switzerlandmai36.com
Galeri Nev Istanbul
İstiklal Caddesi, Mısır Apt.
5. Kat, 163/18
34430 Beyoğlu (Istanbul)
Turkey
galerinevistanbul.com
Alison Jacques Gallery
16-18 Berners Street
London W1T 3LN
United Kingdom
alisonjacquesgallery.com
Baldwin Gallery
209 South Galena Street
Aspen, CO 81611
USA
baldwingallery.com
Gladstone Gallery
515 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011
USA
gladstonegallery.com
Moran Moran
937 N. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069
USA
moranmorangallery.com
Weinstein Hammons Gallery
908 West 46th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55419
USA
weinsteinhammons.com