Phillips de Pury & Company to offer important Robert Mapplethorpe photographs from the collection of Lisa Lyon at New York auction on October 16, 2008.

Photographs from the Collection of Lisa Lyon features an exceptional selection of  eighteen images from Robert Mapplethorpe’s celebrated series Lady Lisa Lyon. Between 1980 and 1982, at a pivotal moment in Robert Mapplethorpe’s artistic practice, the photographer produced this intimate series of black and white portraits of the pioneering 1970s female bodybuilder Lisa Lyon. As collaborators, performers and close friends until the artist’s death in 1989, Robert Mapplethorpe and Lyon transcended the standard photographer/subject relationship. While the portraits cast Lyon in a multitude of characters, from girl-next-door to dominatrix; fashion model to vamp; the photographs also convey a collaborative play in which both Robert Mapplethorpe and Lyon inhabit performative roles – much as Robert Mapplethorpe performed as both photographer and subject within his radical self-portraiture. The results are electric, a powerful series of work documenting a play of selves both before and behind the camera.

Sale to include strong group of fashion photographs with iconic works by Helmut Newton, Stephen Klein and David Lachapelle alongside significant early photographs from Alexander Rodchenko, Edward Seichen and Eugène Atget.

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