Patti Smith’s Nostalgic New Art Show

Patti Smith presents a new series of photographs, Eighteen Stations, tonight at Robert Miller Gallery, the same gallery where she and Robert Mapplethorpe first exhibited photos in 1978.

The small black-and-white images are taken from her best-selling recent book M Train, a meandering diaristic account of her life with her husband, MC5 guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith, who died in 1994. “A roadmap to my life,” as the artist described it, M Train documents her favorite cafes and spots around the world — her stations.

Thus, the photos in Eighteen Stations include various spots in Paris, her regular chair at the now-closed Cafe ‘Ino in New York, and the desolate beachfront landscape of Rockaway Peninsula, where she bought a home just before Hurricane Sandy struck. 

M Train is the follow-up to Just Kids, the literary phenomenon for which she won the 2010 National Book Award in nonfiction. A film adaptation of Just Kids, starring Zosia Mamet (Girls) and the British actor Matt Smith in the lead roles, was recently announced. The artist will be reading from M Train at the Gallery throughout the run of the exhibition.

Eighteen Stations, March 3 – April 16, 2016, Robert Miller Gallery, NYC

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