Robert Mapplethorpe - Photographs New York Saturday, April 9, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment: ICA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 9 December 1988 - 29 January 1989; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 25 February - 4 April 1989; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1 July - 3 Sepetember 1989; Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, 8 October - 24 December 1989; University Art Museum, Berkeley, 17 January - 18 March 1990 and Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 14 June - 31 August 1990

  • Literature

    Kardon, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, p.
    88; High Museum of Art, Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection, p. 125 for a color variant

  • 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 in a Vase

Dye transfer print, printed 1988.
18 3/4 x 18 3/8 in. (47.6 x 46.7 cm).
Signed, dated and numbered 7/7 in ink in the margin; signed, titled, dated, numbered 7/7 in ink and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the reverse of the flush-mount.

$35,000 - 45,000 

Sold for $100,900


9 April 2011
New York