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Patti Smith

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Patti Smith


Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946 - 1989)




New York, New York, United States (Place Created)




Gelatin silver print

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35 × 35.1 cm (13 3/4 × 13 13/16 in.)


© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

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Jointly acquired by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with funds provided by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the David Geffen Foundation

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Object Description

Poet and musician Patti Smith posing nude, with short, dark tousled hair. She sits and curls her body inward while holding on to a set of radiator pipes by a window in a room with dark hardwood floors and white brick walls. Her body is in profile but she turns her head to gaze directly at the viewer.

Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium (March 15 to July 31, 2016)
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), March 15 to July 31, 2016
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium (September 10, 2016 to March 4, 2018)
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montréal), September 10, 2016 to January 22, 2017
  • Kunsthal Rotterdam, April 22 to August 27, 2017
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales (Sydney), October 28, 2017 to March 4, 2018

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