Land 250 and Trois by Patti Smith
Patti Smith, Land 250
by Patti Smith
$75.00 List Price
IN STEVEN SEBRING’S DOCUMENTARY Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008), the godmother of punk is seen roaming cemeteries, scribbling in notebooks, reading poetry, and peeling open freshly snapped Polaroids. Smith’s music anchors the film, but Dream of Life’s unspoken theme is that she is an old-school romantic, one whose art-as-life approach to creativity makes her a sanguine torchbearer for the Beats and the nineteenth-century French poets she deeply admires.
On the occasion of Smith’s exhibition at Paris’s Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain last spring, Thames & Hudson published Land 250 ($75), an elegant book featuring 250 black-and-white photographs Smith took over the past four decades. Land 250 —whose title also refers to the vintage Polaroid camera Smith used—presents images that appear both weathered
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