Robert Mapplethorpe - Photographs London Tuesday, May 7, 2013 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galeria Ramis Barquet, New York
    Timothy Taylor Gallery, London
    Private Collection, London

  • Literature

    J. Kardon, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, exh. cat., Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1988, p. 95
    Robert Mapplethorpe: Ten by Ten, Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 1988, pl. 54
    M. Holborn, D. Levas, eds., Mapplethorpe, teNeues, 2007, p. 265

  • 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

Gelatin silver print.
48.9 x 58.4 cm (19 1/4 x 23 in)
Signed by Michael Ward Stout, Executor, in ink, titled, dated, numbered 9/10 in an unidentified hand in ink and pencil, Robert Mapplethorpe signature and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamps on the reverse of the flush-mount.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £21,250

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London 8 May 2013 4pm