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