Legendary American musician, singer, and poet Patti Smith, will present a series of her photographs at BALTIC to coincide with her concert at The Sage Gateshead.
One of the most influential artists in rock history, Smith came to prominence during the New York Punk movement of the early ‘70s and found worldwide fame in 1975 with her debut album Horses. Her unique intellectual and feminist take on punk and rock music has earned her the oft used title of ‘punk rock’s poet laureate’.
While working at a bookstore in New York in the late ‘60s she met photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and remained very close to him throughout his life. Smith and Mapplethorpe most famously collaborated on the cover of her seminal album Horses. The cover is a photograph of Smith herself inspired by an Albrecht Dürer self-portrait.
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