Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989)
‘When art is purely art, it has a certain magic about it. It transcends whatever it is, it’s something you can’t quite put words to.’ Robert Mapplethorpe
Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989)

Ken, Lydia and Tyler, 1985

Details
Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989)
Ken, Lydia and Tyler, 1985
gelatin silver print, flush-mounted on board
signed, dated and numbered '4/10' in ink (margin); signed, date of image and of print in ink in photographer's copyright credit stamp, titled, dated and numbered in ink with various annotations in pencil (flush mount, verso)
image: 14 7/8 x 15 ¼ in. (38 x 38.7 cm.)
sheet/flush mount: 19.5/7 x 15 ¼ in. (49.7 x 38.7 cm.)
This work is number 4 from the edition of 10.
Provenance
Robert Miller Gallery, New York;
acquired from the above by the present owner.
Literature
Mark Holborn, Dimitri Levas and Arthur Danto, Mapplethorpe, Jonathan Cape, London, 1992, p. 221;
German Celant and Arkady with Karole Vail, Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition: Photographs and Mannerist Prints, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, 2004, cover and pl. 100. The image is juxtaposed with a 16th century study of the Three Graces by Jacob Matham after Hendrick Goltzius, underlining the origin of Mapplethorpe’s subtly subversive take on a classical theme.

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