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Denis Piel (French, b.1944)
LOT ID: 75449
Gia Carangi, NYC, Bathtime 10, 1980

Chromogenic Print (C-print)
16 х 20 in. (40.64 x 50.8 cm.)
Signed, Gia Carangi, NYC, Bathtime 10, 1980 edition 3/36 c- print
Edition 3/36
Foundry/Publisher Proof imaging in NYC.
Lot description
Denis Piel, Gia Bathtime 10, New York, 1980. c print image size is 14x17 inches, Edition 3/36. Signed and dated.

Gia Marie Carangi (January 29, 1960 – November 18, 1986) was an American fashion model, considered possibly the first super model. A biography of Carangi by Stephen Fried called "Thing of Beauty" (a reference to the famous John Keats quote, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever") was published in 1993. A biographical film, "Gia," debuted on HBO in 1998. The film starred Angelina Jolie, whose portrayal of the famous model earned her a Golden Globe. Carangi was a frequent subject in Piel's photographs.

Born France 1944, raised in Australia, worked internationally based out of New York, and now lives in the southwest of France. Denis Piel earned an international reputation for his beauty, fashion, and celebrity photographs for magazines such as US, German, Italian, French and English Vogues, Vanity Fair, Self and GQ. He is also well known for directing stylish commercials, and has won many international awards, including the coveted Leica Award of Excellence (1986-87) for his contributions to commercial photography.

His subjects have included, among many others, Geena Davis, Nastasia Kinski, andi McDowell, Darryl Hannah, Isabella Rosellini, Goldie Hawn, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lillian Gish, Donald Sutherland, Jeanne Moreau, and Uma Thurman, Brian de Palma, Sherry Lansing, Mario Cuomo, Joan Didion, Erica Jong, Man Ray, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Mark Morris, and Merce Cunningham. His advertising clients have included Anne Klein, Revlon, L'oréal, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan, Fortune, Sheraton, Guerlain, Helena Rubenstein, Bergdorf Goodman, Ultima, Estée Lauder, Max Factor, Elizabeth Arden, Chanel, and others.

In the mid 1990s, Piel devoted himself to his personal film and photography projects, Love is Blind, Premier Oeil, Platescapes and Facescapes. Denis Piel’s photos are in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as in numerous private collections.
Gia Carangi, NYC, Bathtime 10 by Denis Piel
  • Gia Carangi, NYC, Bathtime 10 by Denis Piel
  • Gia Carangi, NYC, Bathtime 10 by Denis Piel
  • Gia Carangi, NYC, Bathtime 10 by Denis Piel
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