Calla Lily

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  • Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 23 April 1996, lot 531

  • Literature

    Random House, Mapplethorpe: Pistils, p. 119

  • Artist Bio

    Robert Mapplethorpe

    American • 1946 - 1989

    After studying drawing, painting and sculpture at the Pratt Institute in the 1960s, Robert Mapplethorpe began experimenting with photography while living in the notorious Chelsea Hotel with Patti Smith. Beginning with Polaroids, he soon moved on to a Hasselblad medium-format camera, which he used to explore aspects of life often only seen behind closed doors.

    By the 1980s Mapplethorpe's focus was predominantly in the studio, shooting portraits, flowers and nudes. His depiction of the human form in formal compositions reflects his love of classical sculpture and his groundbreaking marriage of those aesthetics with often challenging subject matter. Mapplethorpe's style is present regardless of subject matter — from erotic nudes to self-portraits and flowers — as he ceaselessly strove for what he called "perfection of form."

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Property of an Important East Coast Collector

Calla Lily

1987
Gelatin silver print.
19 1/4 x 19 1/4 in. (48.9 x 48.9 cm)
Signed, dated and numbered 4/10 in ink in the margin; signed in ink and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the reverse of the flush-mount.

Estimate
$40,000 - 60,000 

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New York Auction 4 April 2019