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Robert Mapplethorpe’s 1985 Self Portrait: Bacchus, Animal, or Devil?

September 30, 2014

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) socialized and worked with artists, musicians, pornographic actors, and initiates of the S&M underground to create images that are electric with sexuality and beauty, yet balanced by a classical composition and the black and white format. Portraiture was important to his work as he explored culture and identity in his snapshots of personalities ranging from Andy Warhol to Debbie Harry. In his poignant photographic inquiry, he often used himself as a subject, creating self-portraits in many guises: clothed, nude, and in drag. LAMA is pleased to present Mapplethorpe’s 1985 Self Portrait, in which he dons a pair of horns and looks intensely at the camera, in the October 12, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction.