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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14
Lecture: Sam Wagstaff: From Minimalism to Mapplethorpe
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
In 1964, Sam Wagstaff organized the exhibition Black, White and Grey at the Wadsworth Atheneum, the first museum survey to identify the evolving practice that came to be known as Minimalism. In 1973, he turned full time to collecting photographs, and in 1984, sold his private photography collection to the J. Paul Getty Museum. Philip Gefter, Getty Museum guest scholar, traces the course Wagstaff took at the vanguard of contemporary art in the 1960s to his advocacy of photography as an equal among the arts in the 1970s.
The collector Sam Wagstaff, left, and the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in a 1974 portrait by Francesco Scavullo.