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  • Artist Biography

    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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Silver Dollar

1988
Gelatin silver print.
S. 19 7/8 x 23 3/4 in. (50.5 x 60.3 cm)
Signed, titled, dated and numbered 'AP #C' in blue ink (an artist's proof the edition was 10), with copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the reverse, framed.

Estimate
$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $6,875

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Editions and Works on Paper Including Works from the Piero Crommelynck Collection

New York Auction 18 April 2017