Robert Mapplethorpe - Photographs Evening & Day New York Wednesday, October 5, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Robert Miller Gallery, New York
    Collection of Pedro Slim, Mexico
    Sotheby's, New York, 23 April 2003, lot 280
    Private Collection, Los Angeles

  • Literature

    Holborn, Levas, Mapplethorpe, n.p.
    Musée Rodin, Mapplethorpe Rodin, p. 164

  • Catalogue Essay

    “If I had been born one or two hundred years ago, I might have been a sculptor, but photography is a very quick way to see, to make sculpture." Robert Mapplethorpe

  • 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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Lisa Marie

Gelatin silver print.
48 x 40 in. (121.9 x 101.6 cm)
Signed, dated by Michael Ward Stout, Executor, in ink, Robert Mapplethorpe copyright reproduction limitation and signature stamp on the reverse of the flush-mount. Number 2 from an edition of 2.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $125,000

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Photographs Evening & Day

New York 5 & 6 October 2016