agnès b. is pleased to announce the exhibition Maripolarama, a collection of Polaroids taken in New York in the late 70s and early 80s by French-American underground artist Maripol. Works in the exhibition, which include large format Polaroids printed on museum paper or screen printed on canvas, [...] +
agnès b. is pleased to announce the exhibition Maripolarama, a collection of Polaroids taken in New York in the late 70s and early 80s by French-American underground artist Maripol. Works in the exhibition, which include large format Polaroids printed on museum paper or screen printed on canvas, are taken from agnès b. personal collection as well as from Maripol’s archives. For her fist Parisian solo show, Maripol has selected images of iconic figures in the early downtown art scene, as well as distorted self-portraits. Many images in the exhibition have never been shown before.
As a prominent figure of the era - often described as “the gatekeeper of ‘80s club culture” - Maripol effortlessly took stylish Polaroid images to document one of the most vibrant times of New York City’s artistic history. Working as a designer, photographer and filmmaker she captured moments of characters that frequented Studio 54, Mudd Club, and Danceteria, including Deborah Harry, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Grace Jones.
Maripol arrived to New York from France in 1976. She took her first Polaroid photograph in 1977 and for many years she would rarely be without her SX-70 Polaroid camera. In 1979, Maripol first met Jean-Michel Basquiat, a 19-year old painter and graffiti artist. As part of a developing project to record the faces of the “downtown underground, “ Basquiat was featured in a number of her Polaroids. Around the same time, Maripol also founded the accessory design company, Maripolitan, partly because she was unable to find accessories she liked to photograph. Many of her pieces would become instantly recognizable classics of the period, including crucifixes, earring and rubber bracelets, which she adorned young Madonna with.
Today, Maripol continues to design, create jewelry, and take Polaroids. She was recently hired by fashion houses Dior, Valentino and Hugo Boss, to document their creations with her faithful Polaroid camera. She also creates short animation films for those brands. Maripol’s early Polaroids have been published in books, including Maripolarama in 2006 and Little Red Riding Hood in 2010. Her studio is working on a new book and film project. Maripol currently lives and work between New York and Paris. -