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Patti Smith: A Decade in the Life

Patti Smith: A Decade in the Life

Steven Sebring, "Patti Portrait Detroit" (1995). Gelatin silver print, ed. 1/5, 16 x 20 inches, 40.6 x 50.8 cm.

Kris Wilton / ARTINFO

January 20, 2010

New York, NY—Last week’s opening for “Patti Smith and Steven Sebring: Objects of Life,” on view at Robert Miller Gallery through Feb. 13, traded the usual art-world glamor — geometric European spectacles and Prada — for something different, something grittier, more “downtown.” When ARTINFO showed up, the door was being manned bouncer-style (by staff from Sebring’s PR firm, we hear) — maybe they were anticipating a crowd like Smith attracted when she sang at the Robert Mapplethorpe opening in London last October?

Robert Miller wasn’t quite so happening as that, but it was thick with luminaries from the worlds of music, art, fashion, and film. Baby-faced fashion designer Zac Posen bounced in with an entourage; Smith toured the show with her old pal, REM frontman Michael Stipe, and photographer Mary Ellen Mark was engulfed in a crowd as soon as she walked in the door.

Also on hand were designer Calvin Klein, documentary-film legend Albert Maysles, artists Jonas Mekas and Ryan McGinley, actress Jessica Lange, photographer Terry Richardson, and several other fashionistas, including the colorfully dressed Swedish fashion designer Jonah Lindeberg.

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