Larry Clark - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Clark, Tulsa, cover, n.p. for all

  • Catalogue Essay

    The early print of Larry Clark’s iconic portrait of his friend Billy Mann was given by Clark to photographer and curator Thomas Barrow in 1971 or 1972. Clarke chose this image as the cover illustration for his seminal first book, Tulsa, published by Ralph Gibson’s Lustrum Press in 1971. Within the book, the photograph appears as the sole image on a page spread across from a quote by Mann himself: ‘death is more perfect than life.’ The photograph offered here is in a larger format than the print included in the Tulsa portfolio.

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Billy Mann and Other Images from Tulsa

Five gelatin silver prints, Billy Mann printed no later than 1972, the others printed circa 1975.
Varying dimensions from 11 1/8 x 7 1/2 in. (28.3 x 19.1 cm) to 11 7/8 x 8 in. (30.2 x 20.3 cm) or the reverse.
Each signed in pencil on the verso; Billy Mann additionally titled and dated in pencil on the verso.

$7,000 - 9,000 

Sold for $10,625

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New York Auction 1 October 2019