Robert Mapplethorpe - Photographs New York Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago
    Private Collection
    Heritage, New York, 6 April 2019, lot 73148

  • Literature

    Celant and Ippolitov, Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition, pl. 96
    Yale University Press, Mapplethorpe + Munch, p. 115

  • 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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Lydia Cheng

Platinum palladium print.
23 1/4 x 19 3/8 in. (59.1 x 49.2 cm)
Signed, dated and numbered 1/3 in pencil in the margin; signed, dated in pencil and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the verso.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $31,500

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New York Auction 7 October 2021