Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘'Anemone'’, 1982, Sotheby's
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'Anemone', 1982

15 1/10 × 11 3/10 in
38.4 × 28.7 cm
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Flush-mounted, the photographer's estate stamp, signed in ink and dated in pencil by Michael …

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Robert Mapplethorpe
American, 1946–1989
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In the 1970s, Robert Mapplethorpe and musician, poet, and artist Patti Smith lived together in New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel where he started shooting Polaroids to use in his collages. Drawn to photography, Mapplethorpe got a Hasselblad medium-format camera and began taking pictures of his friends and acquaintances—artists, musicians, socialites, pornographic film stars, and members of the gay S & M underground. Despite his shocking content, Mapplethorpe was a formalist, interested in composition, color, texture, balance, and, most of all, beauty. In the 1980s, he concentrated on studio photography, specifically nudes, flowers, and formal portraits that are considerably more refined than his earlier work. After Mapplethorpe died from an AIDS-related illness, his work precipitated national controversy when it was included in “The Perfect Moment,” a traveling exhibition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘'Anemone'’, 1982, Sotheby's
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Flush-mounted, the photographer's estate stamp, signed in ink and dated in pencil by Michael Ward Stout, Executor, and with title, date, edition '8/10, and '[MAP] 935' in pencil on the reverse, framed, a Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, label on the reverse, (Flowers, index).

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Robert Mapplethorpe
American, 1946–1989
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In the 1970s, Robert Mapplethorpe and musician, poet, and artist Patti Smith lived together in New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel where he started shooting Polaroids to use in his collages. Drawn to photography, Mapplethorpe got a Hasselblad medium-format camera and began taking pictures of his friends and acquaintances—artists, musicians, socialites, pornographic film stars, and members of the gay S & M underground. Despite his shocking content, Mapplethorpe was a formalist, interested in composition, color, texture, balance, and, most of all, beauty. In the 1980s, he concentrated on studio photography, specifically nudes, flowers, and formal portraits that are considerably more refined than his earlier work. After Mapplethorpe died from an AIDS-related illness, his work precipitated national controversy when it was included in “The Perfect Moment,” a traveling exhibition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.

'Anemone', 1982

15 1/10 × 11 3/10 in
38.4 × 28.7 cm
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