The Coral Sea

The Coral Sea

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
A collection of lyrical writings provides a tribute to the author's enduring friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe and describes the late artist's coming of age, relationship with Sam Wagstaff, and battle with AIDS.

Blackwell North Amer
In elegant and lyrical prose, Patti Smith honors the vibrant spirit and person that was Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989).
In linked pieces she tells the story of a man on a journey to see the Southern Cross, who is reflecting on his life and fighting the illness that is consuming him. Metaphoric and dreamy, this tale of transformation arises from Smith's knowledge of Mapplethorpe as a young man and as a mature artist; his close relationship with his patron and friend, Sam Wagstaff; and his years surviving AIDS and his ascent into death. Rich in details, it is filled with references to Mapplethorpe's photographs and shows the man beneath the persona.
The Coral Sea is Smith's beautiful recasting of her grief to recapture Mapplethorpe's life in the past and his future in his art. Set against photographs by Mapplethorpe, the work reads as a hymn, a prayer, a fable wishing him Godspeed on his latest journey.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [1996]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780393039085
Branch Call Number: 811 SMITH
Characteristics: 71 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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