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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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Ken Moody (nude with leaf)

Photogravure with hand-coloring, on wove paper, with full margins,
I. 23 x 18 7/8 in. (58.4 x 47.9 cm);
S. 29 3/4 x 24 7/8 in. (75.6 x 63.2 cm)

signed and numbered 32/60 in pencil (there were also 18 artist’s proofs), published by Graphic Studio, USF, Tampa, Florida (with their blindstamp), several minor abrasions at neck and in blue background, hinged to the support in places along the reverse of the sheet edges (slightly showing through), otherwise in very good condition, framed.

$2,000 - 3,000 

Sold for $4,375

Modern & Contemporary Editions

21 Nov 2010
New York