Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe

Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe
Author: Philip Gefter
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Language: English
Pages: 458
Size: 16 x 24.5 cm
Weight: 920 g
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780871404374
Availability: In stock
Price: €35.00
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Here is the long-awaited story of Sam Wagstaff and his indelible influence on the world of late-twentieth-century art.

Recalled as the lover and patron of Robert Mapplethorpe, Sam Wagstaff here takes centre stage as a leading American intellectual and cultural visionary. Philip Gefter traces Wagstaff’s evolution from society "bachelor" of the 1940s to his emergence as rebellious curator. In 1972, his meeting with twenty-five-year-old Mapplethorpe, would lead to his legacy as world-class photography collector and cultural arbiter.

Positioning Wagstaff’s personal life against the rise of photography as a major art form and the simultaneous formation of the gay rights movement, Gefter’s absorbing biography provides a searing portrait of New York just before and during the age of AIDS. The result is a definitive and memorable portrait of a man and an era.