Robert Mapplethorpe - Editions Contemporary: Online Auction New York Wednesday, June 17, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Estate of Kynaston McShine
    Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York
    U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program, Washington, D.C.

  • 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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Flowers 3, from Flowers

Photogravure, on Arches paper, with full margins.
I. 22 3/4 x 19 in. (57.8 x 48.3 cm)
S. 31 1/4 x 24 5/8 in. (79.4 x 62.5 cm)

Signed and numbered 3/40 in pencil (there were also 10 artist's proofs), with a linear abrasion at the lower right flowers (measures 1 3/4 inches), a linear fine abrasion (measuring 4 inches) at the lower right accretions at the upper left image corner, the palest mat-staining, linear soft rubbing in margins, otherwise in good condition, framed.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $3,250

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Editions Contemporary: Online Auction

Online Auction 17 - 24 June 2020