• Photographs auction at Christies

    Sale 2304

    Photographs

    15 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 406

    ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE (1946-1989)

    Calla Lily, 1988

    Price Realised  

    ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE (1946-1989)
    Calla Lily, 1988
    platinum print
    signed by Michael Ward Stout, Executor, date, number '5/5' and Estate copyright authentication in pencil (on the verso)
    18 7/8 x 19 1/8in. (48.4 x 49cm.)


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    Provenance

    The most powerful photos are those in which Mapplethorpe focuses on a single flower...its sparseness suddenly turns monumental...Even more highly charged are the calla lilies with their teasing phallic pistils, perhaps derived from O'Keeffe, but to which he imparts a dangerous eroticism of his own. (John Ashbery, Robert Mapplethorpe: Pistils, p.7)


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note the image dimension size is 18 7/8 x 19 1/8in. (48.4 x 49cm.).


    Literature

    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 ofPennsylvania, 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