Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe : A Biography Hardback
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 480 pages, 32 pages of photographs
- Publisher: WW Norton & Co
- Publication Date: 03/11/2014
- Category: History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -
- ISBN: 9780871404374
- Paperback / softback from £12.69