Robert Mapplethorpe - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Lang and O'Hara, New York, 1991

  • Exhibited

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

  • Literature

    teNeues, Mapplethorpe: The Complete Flowers, n.p.

  • 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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Photographs from a Prominent New York Collection



Gelatin silver print, printed 1987.
23 1/8 x 19 1/4 in. (58.7 x 48.9 cm)
Signed, dated in ink, and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the reverse of the flush-mount. Number 2 from an edition of 10.

$18,000 - 22,000 

Sold for $24,130

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Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs


Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 11 October 2023