Lisa Lyon

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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist
    Private Collection, Lisa Lyon
    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 1 April 2009, lot 170

  • Literature

    St. Martin's Press, Lady: Lisa Lyon, p. 22

  • Artist Bio

    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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Lisa Lyon

1980
Gelatin silver print, flush-mounted.
14 x 14 in. (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
Signed and numbered AP 1/2 in ink in the margin. One from an edition of 15 plus 2 artist's proofs.

Estimate
$7,000 - 9,000 

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New York Auction 14 October 2020