Sylvia Wolf, Polaroids: Mapplethorpe (New York, 2007), pl. 131
The exceptional early photographs and unique objects by Robert Mapplethorpe offered in Lots 215 to 221 come from the personal collection of model and artist David Croland. During their relationship from 1970 to 1973, Croland served as both muse and support, posing before Mapplethorpe’s camera and introducing the young artist to curators and his many influential friends in the world of fashion and art.
Early collages, jewelry, and works on paper by the photographer are rare. Most are preserved in institutional collections, notably at the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The well-maintained pieces from Croland’s collection represent the full range of Mapplethorpe’s creative vision from this early period and have never before been offered at auction.
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