Los Angeles Modern Auctions is pleased to celebrate the development and history of photography in its October 12, 2014 Modern Art & Design Auction with a range of photographic work from the 1920s to the 2000s, including pieces from Ansel Adams, André Kertész, Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, Sandy Skoglund, and James Casebere. Los Angeles has quickly become a center for photography—no more proof is needed than the highly attended Paris Photo LA, which will enter its third year at the New York Backlot at Paramount Studios in 2015. LAMA is thrilled to be a part of the city’s photographic ambition and appetite by presenting important artworks from the early days of photography to current, contemporary trends.
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.