Robert Mapplethorpe - PHOTOGRAPHS New York Friday, April 16, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    Robert Mapplethorpe: Portraits, Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, 11 July - 27 September 2009

  • Literature

    teNeues, Mapplethorpe by Robert Mapplethorpe, cover; Kardon, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, p. 77; teNeues Robert Mapplethorpe: Perfection in Form, p. 177

  • 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 and Robert Sherman

Platinum print.
19 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (49.5 x 50.2 cm).
Signed, dated and numbered 2/3 in pencil in the margin. This work is in the artist's original frame.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for $110,500


16 April 2010
New York