black white+gray: a portrait of sam wagstaff and robert mapplethorpe- james crump

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“My collecting is a private affair, somewhat like a game of idiot’s delight. You play it by yourself” – Sam Wagstaff

Sam Wagstaff met Robert Mapplethorpe in 1972, when Mapplethorpe was leaving the loft apartment he shared with Patti Smith near the Chelsea Hotel on 23rd Street. Mapplethorpe was 26-years-old, Wagstaff 51; though appearing complete opposites, they became lovers and formed an intense bond that would last for the rest of their lives. Mapplethorpe would become one of the most celebrated and controversial artists of his day, while Wagstaff, who’d been an influential art curator and became a moneyed, fanatical collector of photographic art, remained an enigmatic presence, something of a neglected figure today>>.


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