Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Untitled (David Against Brick Wall)’, 1970, Sotheby's

Robert Mapplethorpe: Objects of Desire, Important Works from the Collection of David Croland

On a layered mount, signed and dated in pencil on the mount, framed to the photographer’s specifications.

Overall approximately 20 by 10 1/4 in. (51.5 by 26 cm.)

From the Catalogue:
One of the first objects to enter Croland’s collection was Untitled (David Against Brick Wall), an arresting assemblage that includes a painted halftone of the model and his model comp card. It was gifted by Mapplethorpe on the occasion of Croland’s 23rd birthday.
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Acquired from the photographer, circa 1970

About Robert Mapplethorpe

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.

American, 1946-1989, Queens, New York, based in New York, New York