The OHWOW gallery now represents the estate of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in Los Angeles.
Mapplethorpe’s prints have sold regularly for six figures, so there’s certainly some money to be made there. (Those prices tend to be for portraits of famous people or still lifes, not his more risqué work. If you rank Mapplethorpe’s auction results by price on Artnet, you have to get to #99 on the list before you see a penis—$54,000, by the way).
The estate will be represented in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe foundation, a not-for-profit established before his death to “advance his creative vision and to promote the causes he cared about,” according to their website.
“The Sean Kelly gallery in New York continues its successful representation of the Estate and oversees other representatives of the Estate in the Americas,” Joree Adilman, Foundation manager, wrote in
an email. “Sean Kelly Gallery will open a show of the photographer’s work here in New York City on December 13th. The Mapplethorpe Estate is also represented by nine galleries in Europe.”
The first OHWOW show, “As Above, So Below,” is planned for Feb. 28.
Update 1:23 p.m. New information from the Foundation.