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  • Provenance

    Robert Miller Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Image Makers, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, 2 October 1993 - 2 January 1994

  • Literature

    Random House, Mapplethorpe, p. 186

  • 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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Property of an Important New York Estate

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Ada

1982
Gelatin silver print.
19 1/8 x 15 1/4 in. (48.6 x 38.7 cm)
Signed, numbered 2/10 in ink and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the reverse of the flush-mount.

Estimate
$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $12,600

Contact Specialist

Sarah Krueger
Head of Department
+1 212 940 1225
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Vanessa Hallett
Deputy Chairwoman, Americas and Worldwide Head of Photographs
+1 212 940 1243
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Photographs

New York Auction 7 October 2021