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

Robert Mapplethorpe
SELF-PORTRAIT 
Estimate
50,00070,000
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ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE: OBJECTS OF DESIRE, IMPORTANT WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF DAVID CROLAND

Robert Mapplethorpe
SELF-PORTRAIT 
Estimate
50,00070,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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Robert Mapplethorpe
1946-1989
SELF-PORTRAIT 
a unique object, painted Polaroid print in a painted plastic Polaroid film case with string, 2 beads, and 6 dice, circa 1971
Image 2 7/8  by 3 3/4  in. (7.3 by 9.5 cm.)

Object 3 1/2  by 5 1/2  in. (8.9 by 14 cm.)
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Provenance

Acquired from the photographer, circa 1971

Literature

Sylvia Wolf, Polaroids: Mapplethorpe (Munich, 2007), p. 37 (this object)

Catalogue Note

Throughout his career, Mapplethorpe possessed a profound understanding of three-dimensional design, which he applied not only to the creation of his unique mixed media objects but also to amplify the physical presence of his photographs.  Mapplethorpe's affinity for the sculptural led him to create a number of wall pieces, including the object offered here.  For this photograph — an intimate exchange from artist to lover — Mapplethorpe created a frame out of a painted Polaroid film case with attached dice-laden string for hanging.

Photographs

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