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April 22, 2007
by Gemma Winter

To coincide with a performance at Gateshead’s Sage venue living legend Patti Smith will be showing a series of her photographs at the nearby Baltic art gallery.

Smith came to prominence during the early days of the bourgeoning punk scene performing at CBGB's. First finding critical acclaim in 1975, with her John Cale produced debut album 'Horses.' The iconic image of Smith was a collaborative effort with her close friend and ex-lover Robert Mapplethorpe. The album also famously begins with a cover of Van Morrison’s “Gloria.” Her latest album “Twelve” features Smith playing her renditions of diverse cover versions; which she in turn makes her own.

IMAGE- Brancusi’s Grave, Montparnesse, Paris, 2006
Gelatin silver print© Patti Smith
Courtesy Robert Miller Gallery, New York