Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Lydia’, 1985, Photography, Gelatin silver print, Bonhams
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Robert Mapplethorpe

Lydia, 1985

Gelatin silver print
19 × 15 in
48.2 × 38 cm
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signed and dated by the artist, titled, dated, numbered '1/10', MAP notation …

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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, ‘Lydia’, 1985, Photography, Gelatin silver print, Bonhams
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signed and dated by the artist, titled, dated, numbered '1/10', MAP notation '1572' in an unknown hand in ink and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp on the flush-mount verso.
9 x 15in (48.2 x 38cm)
sheet / flush-mount 19 3/4 x 15 3/4in (50.1 x 40cm)

Medium
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

Lydia, 1985

Gelatin silver print
19 × 15 in
48.2 × 38 cm
Bidding closed
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