BETTE MIDLER, NEW YORK CITY
with edition 5/10 in pencil on the reverse
mural-sized archival pigment print
38¼ x 38¼ in.; 97.2 x 97.2 cm
1979, printed in 2010, this work is number 5 from an edition of 10.
This work is accompanied by the photographer's 'The Master Set' label, signed in ink by the artist.
This archival pigment print is in generally excellent condition. Under very close inspection, the margin edges are nearly imperceptibly yellowed and under raking light there are very faint linear impressions in each margin corner.
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Timothy White, 'The Rose: Bette Midler Conquers Hollywood,' Rolling Stone, 13 December 1979, cover, variant illustrated
Photographs: Annie Leibovitz, 1970-1990, New York 1991, p. 124, illustrated
Annie Leibovitz at Work, New York 2008, p. 53, illustrated
Bette Midler became recognized as a gay icon in the 1970s after frequently performing at the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse in New York City. A variant of this image, taken after she starred in the film The Rose, was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine dated December 13, 1979.