Robert Mapplethorpe - Photographs London Wednesday, May 18, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 21 April 1994, lot 224

  • Literature

    Mapplethorpe Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London, 1988, p. 58, pl. 38
    M. Holborn, D. Levas, eds., Mapplethorpe, Jonathan Cape, 1992, p. 245
    G. Celant, A. Ippolitov, Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition: Photographs and Mannerist Prints, Guggenheim, 2004, pl. 89
    P. Hickson, Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford/ Yale, 2015, back cover and p. 17

  • Catalogue Essay

    'For Robert, the most important and interesting of them all was Andy Warhol, documenting the human mise-en-scène in his silver-lined Factory'
    Patti Smith

    Additional prints of this image have been acquired by the following institutions: Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Getty Museum/LACMA, Los Angeles.

  • 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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Andy Warhol

Gelatin silver print.
38.4 x 38.4 cm (15 1/8 x 15 1/8 in.)
Signed, dated and inscribed in ink in the margin; numbered AP 1/2 in ink on the reverse of the flush-mount. One from an edition of 10 plus 2 artist's proofs.

£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £37,500

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London Auction 19 May 2016