Jun 13, 2017 - Sale 2451

Sale 2451 - Lot 228

Price Realized: $ 1,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
(GAY PRIDE / ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE.) Heys, John; editor. Gay Power. Volume 1, number 16, May 1970. Cover image by Mapplethorpe of his photographic collage titled "Bull's Eye;" numerous illustrations and articles. Folio, 23 pages on newsprint, covers unevenly toned, spine worn and chipped; paper fragile. New York: Joel Fabricant, 1970

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scarce copy of this important early gay newspaper bearing what is believed to be robert mapplethorpe's earliest published photograph. The photographer received his first camera in 1970 and was enrolled as a student at the Pratt Institute of Design studying graphic art when he made the collage entitled "Bull's Eye," reproduced on this cover. The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in New York does not identify any published Mapplethorpe photos pre-dating it and no copies are recorded in WorldCat. This publication also predates his first one-man show held at Stanley Amos's gallery in the Chelsea Hotel on November 4, 1970. Mapplethorpe started taking his own photos to use in collages instead of using images from books and magazines because "it was more honest"--mapplethorpe.org (biography).