Wagstaff, Before and After Mapplethorpe

Wagstaff, Before and After Mapplethorpe

A Biography

Book - 2015
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Sam Wagstaff, the legendary curator, collector, and patron of the arts, emerges as a cultural visionary in this groundbreaking biography in which Wagstaff's largely overlooked influence on the world of contemporary art and photography, and on the evolution of gay identity in the latter part of the twentieth century, is portrayed.
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780871404374
Branch Call Number: 921 Wagst
Description: xvii, 458 pages , 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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manuelaleal Apr 20, 2015

Thoroughly researched book on Sam Wagstaff, focusing especially on his role in the development pf photography as a serious "art" medium. I was expecting the book to focus a bit more on the gay culture of the period, and its ramifications onto the artworld.

BUT that was just a wish of mine. It does touch on that of course especially since Mapplethorpe travailed at the edges, but the book focuses on a lot on photography and the history of photography and how influential Sam Wagstaff was in creating a market for photography aand which specific prints of sam purchased and collected which isn't really why I am interested in Sam Wagstaff and Mapplethorpe.
As someone who knows the history of photography well, even I was annoyed at the amount of detail. The author clearly has an agenda which to promote Sam's scholarly value in that field. Which is fair. I just wish it would give as much focus to other social-cultural aspects of that period.

A great book, highly recommended.

Dec 18, 2014

From the book jacket: "Biography on a grand cultural level, here is the long-awaited story of Sam Wagstaff and his indelible influence on the world of late-twentieth-century art."
A great read.


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