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A BOOK OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE COLLECTION OF SAM WAGSTAFF

WAGSTAFF, Sam

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New York: Gray Press, 1978. First Edition. Square 4to. Peach and grey wraps. Spine sunned; diagonal crease to front cover. Light edgewear and touches of soil. INSCRIBED on title page by Wagstaff: "For Jim [Cassell]- a nice place to meet - over a book! best wishes, Sam Wagstaff." With ownership signature. Very good. 0930928008 (Item ID: 23218)

Photographs from the personal collection of legendary curator Sam Wagstaff, widely known both as a collector and as the artistic patron and partner of Robert Mapplethorpe. Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. DC. Wagstaff presents his selections in deliberately chosen pairs of images: a Lewis Carroll portrait of a frowning child opposite an equally unamused caged hippopotomus; a twisting, surreal Dora Maar composite photograph faces the kitten waterfall of Dali Atomicus; a reclining Braquehais nude mirrors Elaine Mays' tabby cat, photographed in the same posture a century later. The collection also includes work by Nadar, Lisette Model, Arnold Genthe, Robert Frank, August Sander, Julia Margaret Cameron, and numerous others from the 19th and early 20th centuries.After much deliberation, Wagstaff selected a Mapplethorpe still life for the cover image (as well as personally insisting on the color of the pale peach border.) Philip Gester writes: "By choosing this picture ["Tulips, New York"] for the cover, Wagstaff places Robert Mapplethorpe as the contemporary link to the vast history of photography sampled inside." Warmly inscribed to artist and photographer James Cassell.


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