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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Holborn, Mapplethorpe, p. 142 for a variant; St. Martin's Press, Lady: Lisa Lyon, pp. 86-89

  • 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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PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE COLLECTION OF LISA LYON

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Lisa Lyon

1982
Four gelatin silver prints.
Each approximately 15 1/4 x 15 1/4 in. (38.7 x 38.7 cm).
Three signed, dated and numbered AP 1/2 in ink in the margin; one signed and numbered AP 1/2 in ink in the margin; each signed, dated in ink and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the reverse of the flush-mount. Each from an edition of 10 plus 2 artist's proofs.

Estimate
$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $10,000

Photographs

1 April 2009, 10am & 2pm
New York