Zantedeschia Aethiopica

Inspired by ‘‘Calla Lily’’ (1986). Mapplethorpe photographed flowers and other still lifes more frequently toward the end of his life when, as his lover Jack Fritscher wrote, ‘‘he did not like eyes looking back at him through the camera.’’

BY ELIF BATUMAN
Art Matters


I COME FROM an old rhizomal family in Lesotho. We tended to grow in ditches. We were known as pig lilies. The pigs, who were not prestigious, occasionally ate us to excess. Then we died. Such relationships are not, I believe, uncommon. Some of us...

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