Wagstaff and Mapplethorpe

Sam’s repeating Purgatory, enacting a self-assassination in American silver
Repeating his regression, photography collector to curator (debonair style cast)
Purgatory regression as he confronts personas, morphs 1970s to 1980s

Enacting photography he examines dark contrast: art, his sexuality, death
A collector confronts dark ecstasy, voyeuristic demi-gods creating visages
Self to personas contrast: voyeuristic beau-monde, pornographic trends override
Assassination curator morphs art, demi-monde, drug culture, Mapplethorpe lovers

In debonair 1970s his gods: pornographic culture, cigarettes, photographs, positing
American style to sexuality, creating trends, Mapplethorpe photographs exuding possession
Silver cast 1980s, death visages override lovers, positing possession matters


This is a 10X10 matrix (after Lewis Carroll) inspired by the Form for All challenge at dVerse. The connecting point happened during the documentary film Black White + Gray when it is mentioned that Sam Wagstaff collected photographs taken by Lewis Carroll.

Samuel Jones Wagstaff Jr. (4 November 1921 – 14 January 1987) was an American art curator and collector as well as the artistic mentor and benefactor of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (who was also his lifetime companion) and poet-punk rocker Patti Smith. Wagstaff was known in part for his support of Minimalism, Pop Art, Conceptual Art and Earthworks, but his aesthetic acceptance and support of photography presaged the acceptance of the medium as a fine art. After selling his collection of photographs in the 1980s he, surprisingly, began collecting American silver. Wagstaff died of pneumonia arising from AIDS at his home in Manhattan on January 14, 1987, two years before Mapplethorpe. – Wikipedia