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Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe

  • This absorbing biography charts Sam Wagstaff's incalculable influence on contemporary art, photography, and gay identity. A legendary curator, collector, and patron of the arts, Sam Wagstaff was a figure who stood at the intersection of gay life and the art world and brought glamour and daring to both. Now, in Philip Gefter's groundbreaking biography, he emerges as a cultural visionary. Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe braids together Wagstaff's personal transformation from closeted society bachelor to a rebellious curator with a broader portrait of the tumultuous social, cultural, and sexual upheavals of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, creating a definitive portrait of a man and his era.

    - Philip Gefter
    - 480 pages
    - 5.7 inches W x 9 inches L
    - Paperback
    - W.W. Norton
    - 2015
    - Item#: 978-1631490958

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