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American Flag

American Flag
signed, numbered and dated '1/5 Robert Mapplethorpe '77' (lower edge); signed again, inscribed, titled, dated again and stamped 'American Flag, Fire Island, 1977 Robert Mapplethorpe' (on the reverse)
gelatin silver print
image: 14 x 13 3/4 in. (35.6 x 34.9 cm.)
sheet: 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm.)
Photographed in 1977. This work is number one from an edition of five.
Samia Saouma, Paris
Thomas Ammann Fine Art AG, Zurich
Acquired from the above by the present owner
P. Smith, ed., Robert Mapplethorpe, New York, 1987.
A. Danto, M. Holborn and D. Levas, ed., Mapplethorpe, New York, 1992.
Secret Flowers, Milan, 1993.
R. D. Mohr, ed., A MORE PERFECT UNION, Boston, 1994.
D. Levas, ed., Pictures. Robert Mapplethorpe, Santa Fe, 1999.
R. Meyer, ed., Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art, London, 2002.
A. Danto, ed., Mapplethorpe, Germany, 2007.
R. Koch, ed., Grandi Fotografi, Rome, 2012.
M. Holborn and D. Levas, ed., Robert Mapplethorpe, New York, 2020.
Norfolk, Chrysler Museum of Art, Robert Mapplethorpe Photographs, January – March 1978 (another example exhibited).
Frankfurt, Kunstverein; Graz, Fotogalerie Forum Stadtpark; Vienna, Modern Art Galerie; Hamburg, PPS Galerie F.C. Gundlach; Basel, Kunsthalle Basel; Munich, Kunstverein and Zurich, Nikon Foto Galerie, Robert Mapplethorpe, April – May 1981 (another example exhibited).
Philadelphia, Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania; Chicago, MCA Chicago; Washington, D.C., Washington Project for the Arts; Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum; Berkeley, University Art Museum at the University of California; Cincinnati, Contemporary Arts Center; Boston, ICA Boston, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, 1988 – 1990 (another example exhibited).
Cleveland, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Old Glory: The Flag in Contemporary Art, June – August 1994 (another example exhibited).
Valencia, Centre Cultural La Beneficència, Robert Mapplethorpe, September – November 1999 (another example exhibited).
Santa Monica, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, 2000 (another example exhibited).
Pittsburgh, Three Rivers Arts Festival Gallery, To The Flag: Taking Liberties, 2002 (another example exhibited).
Los Angeles, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Pictures, Pictures, January – March 2004 (another example exhibited).
São Paulo, Galeria Fortes Vilaça, Robert Mapplethorpe, March – April 2005 (another example exhibited).
Turin, Palazzina della Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Robert Mapplethorpe: Tra Antico e Moderno. Una Retrospettiva, October 2005 – January 2006 (another example exhibited).
Paris, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Robert Mapplethorpe, October – November 2005 (another example exhibited).
Havana, Fototeca de Cuba, Sacred and Profane / Sagrado y Profano, December 2005 – February 2006 (another example exhibited).
London, Alison Jacques Gallery, Robert Mapplethorpe: Still Moving & Lady, September – October 2006 (another example exhibited).
London, Barbican Art Gallery, Panic Attack! Art in the Punk Years, June – September 2007 (another example exhibited).
Long Island City, MoMA PS1, This Was Then, This Is Now, June – September 2008 (another example exhibited).
Dusseldorf, NRW-Forum Kultur Wirtschaft; Berlin, C/O Berlin; Stockholm, Fotografiska; Milan, Forma Foundation for Photography and Budapest, Ludwig Museum, Robert Mapplethorpe, 2010 – 2012 (another example exhibited).
Buenos Aires, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Robert Mapplethorpe: Eros and Order, June – August 2010 (another example exhibited).
Arles, Les Rencontres d’Arles; São Paulo, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, I am a Cliché: Echoes of the Punk Aesthetic, 2010 – 2011 (another example exhibited).
New York, Sean Kelly Gallery, Robert Mapplethorpe: 50 Americans, May – June 2011 (another example exhibited).
Barcelona, Galeria Senda, Robert Mapplethorpe, September – November 2012 (another example exhibited).
New York, Sean Kelly Gallery, Robert Mapplethorpe: Saints and Sinners, November 2013 – January 2014 (another example exhibited).
Brussels, Charles Riva Collection, Mapplethorpe, Photographs & Polaroids, September 2014 – February 2015.
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, America Is Hard to See, May – September 2015 (another example exhibited).
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and J. Paul Getty Museum; Montreal, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Rotterdam, Kunsthal Rotterdam; Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium, March 2016 – March 2018 (another example exhibited).
Aarhus, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Robert Mapplethorpe – On the Edge, June – October 2016 (another example exhibited).
Porto, Fundação Serralves, Robert Mapplethorpe: Pictures, September 2018 – January 2019 (another example exhibited).\
Naples, MADRE, Robert Mapplethorpe: Choreography for an Exhibition, December 2018 – April 2019 (another example exhibited).
Seoul, Kukje Gallery, Robert Mapplethorpe: More Life, February – March 2021 (another example exhibited).
Los Angeles, J. Paul Getty Museum at Getty Center, In Focus: Protest, June – October 2021 (another example exhibited).
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