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    Sale 2155


    31 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 22


    Calla Lily, 1988

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    Calla Lily, 1988
    gelatin silver print
    signed and dedicated in ink (in the margin); signed in ink, dated in pencil and copyright credit reproduction limitation stamp (on the reverse of the flush-mount)
    19 x 19in. (48.3 x 48.3cm.)

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    In 1979, Mapplethorpe had just arrived onto the demi-monde of New York City's art world and had recently enjoyed successful exhibitions at the Holly Solomon Gallery and Robert Miller Gallery. 1979-80 also marked Tom Baril's senior year at The School of Visual Arts in New York, a time when he began printing photographs for Mapplethorpe. Baril eventually become a "master printer," worked with Mapplethorpe throughout the rest of his lifetime and evolved into an accomplished artist in his own right. The present lot, considered to be Mapplethorpe's finest photograph of a CALLA LILY, an image to which he would become closely associated, was gifted from Mapplethorpe to Baril as the inscription reads.


    Marshall, Robert Mapplethorpe, Whitney Museum of American Art/Little, Brown and Co., 1988, p. 194; Kardon, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 1990, p. 109; Danto, Mapplethorpe, Random House, 1992, p. 291; Celant et al., Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classic Tradition, Deutsche Guggenheim, 2004, pl. 93; Mapplethorpe The Complete Flowers, teNeues, pl. 172