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Robert Mapplethorpe papers and photographs, circa 1850-2011, bulk 1970-1989

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Series I. Creative work, circa 1850-2009 (bulk 1960-1988)
Series I.A. Artworks by Robert Mapplethorpe, circa 1964-1988
Series I.B. Artworks by others, circa 1850-2009 (bulk 1969-1988)
Series I.C. Non-editioned prints, 1974-1989, 2008
Series I.D. Portfolios, circa 1970-2005
Series I.E. Commissioned and commercial works, 1970-1993, undated
Series I.F. Jewelry, 1970s
Series I.G. Films, 1978-1984
Series II. Photographic practice, circa 1975-2000
Series II.A. Card inventory of editioned prints, circa 1979-circa 1991
Series II.B. Shooting books, circa 1979-1989
Series II.C. Model releases, 1978-2000
Series II.D. Polaroid test shots, circa 1975-1989
Series III. Photographic documentation, 1969-circa 1989, undated
Series V. Exhibition files, 1977-1992, undated
Series VI. Interviews and documentaries, circa 1980-circa 1989, undated
Series VII. Financial and administrative files, 1964-1995, bulk 1975-1989, undated
Series VIII. Collections and miscellaneous items, circa 1880-1989, undated
Series IX. Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, 1977-2011, undated
Series IX.A. Administrative files, 1989-circa 2011, undated
Series IX.B. Exhibition files, 1989-2011, undated
Series IX.C. Press materials and published works, 1989-2003, undated
Series IV. Correspondence, 1969-1991, undated
Series IV.A. Personal and professional, 1969-1991, undated
Series IV.B. General correspondence files, 1973-1990, undated
Mapplethorpe (Robert) papers
Series III. Photographic documentation, 1969-circa 1989, undated 0.4 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Series III contains photographs, Polaroids and slides that document Mapplethorpe's work from about 1969 to 1989. Included are 37 black-and-white prints documenting early sculpture, assemblages, and framed photographs hanging on walls. A few of the prints are by photographer Eeva Inkeri, courtesy of the Holly Solomon Gallery. Others are by Allan Finkelman, courtesy of the Robert Miller Gallery. Thirty-five Polaroids document Mapplethorpe's jewelry, sculptures, assemblages, and other work in his studio. Twelve black-and-white prints by Zindman/Fremont, courtesy of the Leo Castelli Gallery, document a Lisa Lyon exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery in 1983. Three slide carousals contain images of Mapplethorpe's photographs and were classified by subjects that he or his studio assistants assigned.
Folders are arranged in chronological order. The slides have been removed from the slide carousels, and their original order has been retained.
box folder
177 1 Mapplethorpe's early work (black-and-white prints), 1969-1987, undated 37 items
177 2 Studio and jewelry Polaroid documentation, circa 1971-circa 1989 35 items
177 3 Close up of "Lightbox" and Hermes bust (Polaroids), 1979-circa 1988 8 items
177 4 Installation photographs: Leo Castelli Gallery, 1983 12 items
Slides, 1984, undated
box folder
178 1 Tray 1: Portraits, dance (ballet), self-portraits (2): arm, drag, undated 80 items
178 2 Tray 2: Flowers, leather and S&M, black males, undated 80 items
178 3 Tray 3: New work, 1984, undated 116 items

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