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Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
3338B Boston
January 23, 2020 05:00 PMCalender

Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989) Black Jack

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 3338B Location: Boston Date / Time: January 23, 2020 6:00PM


Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946-1989)

Black Jack, 1982, printed 1984. Titled, numbered, and signed "...57/75..." in black ink on the mount. Gelatin silver print, image size 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (31.8 x 31.8 cm), framed.
Condition: Good.

N.B. Jack Walls was Mapplethorpe's lover, mentee, and one of his most famous models.

"He was 10 years older than me when we moved in together. I was 25 and he was 35 when we started living together. That's a big gap. He had already been through the Chelsea Hotel days with Patti Smith. He had already done some things that got the art world's attention. I would say, now, it was a mentorship, but then, I just thought that I had a very cool boyfriend. I really did. It's not often you could say that your boyfriend is also your favorite artist and mean it. I knew art couples, where their other half wasn't their favorite artist. But I could say that and actually mean it. My favorite artist was my boyfriend, and he would've been my favorite artist even if he wasn't my boyfriend. I lived with this man, and that's part of my legacy. No one can change that, although people have tried." (Sarah Nechamkin, "Artist Jack Walls on the Dark Magic of Robert Mapplethorpe," Interview magazine, January 29, 2019, https://www.interviewmagazine.com/art/jack-walls-on-life-with-robert-mapplethorpe-guggenheim-implicit-tensions).
Estimate $2,500-3,500

Upper corners mounted to backing mat, extremely minor wear to upper corners, fingerprints to u.r quadrant.

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Sarah Nechamkin, Jack Walls