215
215

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE: OBJECTS OF DESIRE, IMPORTANT WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF DAVID CROLAND

Robert Mapplethorpe
LE SERPENTINE/SPARTACUS
Estimate
4,0006,000
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215

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE: OBJECTS OF DESIRE, IMPORTANT WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF DAVID CROLAND

Robert Mapplethorpe
LE SERPENTINE/SPARTACUS
Estimate
4,0006,000
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Details & Cataloguing

Photographs

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Robert Mapplethorpe
1946-1989
LE SERPENTINE/SPARTACUS
a unique Polaroid Polapan print, circa 1971; accompanied by a postcard from the photographer to David Croland (2)
Approximately 3 1/2  by 2 1/2  in. (8.9 by 6.4 cm.)
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Provenance

Acquired from the photographer, circa 1971

Literature

Edmund White, Mapplethorpe: Altars (New York, 1995), pp. 20-1

Sylvia Wolf, Polaroids: Mapplethorpe (New York, 2007), pl. 131

Catalogue Note

‘Robert and I met on a hot, steamy New York City afternoon at the Hotel Chelsea over Memorial Day weekend in 1970.  Our mutual friend Tinkerbelle introduced us.  Robert was living with his girlfriend Patti Smith.  Patti was in the room when we met that day.  The room was smaller than your foot. The four of us stood there observing each other observe each other.  I was used to being objectified.  Always, in all ways. Within a week, Robert and I were lovers’ – David Croland

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.   

Photographs

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