Robert Mapplethorpe - Reframing Beauty: A Private Seattle Collection New York Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle

  • Literature

    Random House, Mapplethorpe, p. 100
    Schirmer/Mosel, Robert Mapplethorpe: Ten by Ten, pl. 8
    Kardon, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, p. 50
    Martineau and Salvesen, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Photographs, pl. 39

  • Catalogue Essay

    Other prints of this image are in the collections of The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

  • 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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Reframing Beauty: A Private Seattle Collection


Joe, NYC

Gelatin silver print from the X Portfolio.
7 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (19.4 x 19.4 cm)
Signed and numbered 19/25 in pencil on the mount.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $8,190

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Reframing Beauty: A Private Seattle Collection

New York Auction 7 October 2021