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b. 1946, Chicago, IL.

Lives and works in New York, NY.


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Patti Smith, represented by Robert Miller Gallery since 1978, began as a visual artist and has been making drawings and taking photographs since the late 1960s. In recent years, her practice has expanded to include installation. She was most recently the subject of Camera Solo, a survey of her photographs organized by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (2011), which travelled to Detroit Institute of Arts (2012) and the Art Gallery of Ontario (2013). In 2008, Smith was the subject of Patti Smith Land 250 at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporaine, Paris, and Written Portrait - Patti Smith at Artium Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Strange Messenger: The Work of Patti Smith, a three hundred-work retrospective, was organized by The Andy Warhol Museum in 2002 and traveled to numerous venues including the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, and the Museum Boijsman Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Her work has also been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum Eki, Kyoto; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Triennale di Milano, Milan; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels and the Pompidou Center in Paris. 


Just Kids, a memoir of Smith's remarkable relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe during the epochal days of New York City and the Chelsea Hotel in the late sixties and seventies, won her the 2010 National Book Award in the nonfiction category. Her 1975 album Horses, established her as one of most original and important musical artists of her generation and was followed by ten releases, including Radio Ethiopia; EasterDream of LifeGone Again, Trampin', and Banga, her latest. She continues to perform throughout the world and in 2007 was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In July of 2005, she was presented with the prestigious insignia of Commander of the Order of the Arts and Letters, an esteemed French cultural honor. In May 2011, Smith won the Polar Music Prize, Sweden's most prestigious music award. 

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2010 - present



Meyers, William. 'Religiosity, Ancient Sites and Flying Frying Pans,' The Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2016.


Sayej, Nadja. 'Patti Smith: 'I'm not trying to change the world with photography',' The Guardian, March 2, 2016.


Ryzik, Melena. 'Finally, a Tide of Celebration in the Rockaways', New York Times, Jun 26, 2014.


McDermott, Emily. 'Rock Out: MoMA PS1 and the Rockaway Artists Alliance host the opening of the first Rockaway! Arts Festival', New York Times Style Magazine, Jul 1, 2014.


Freeman, Nate. 'Klaus Biesenbach's Beach Party: Patti Smith, James Franco...The Gang's All Here at Fort Tilden!', New York Observer / Gallerist, Jun 30, 2014.


Smith, Patti. 'Postscript: Lou Reed', The New Yorker, Nov 11, 2013.


Loos, Ted. 'Camera Ready: Patti Smith on Her New Photography Exhibition', Vogue, Oct 20, 2011.


Russeth, Andrew. 'Toasting a New Show and Rimbaud, Patti Smith Plays the Wadsworth Atheneum', New York Observer / Gallerist, Oct 21, 2011.


Spears, Dorothy. 'Patti Smith's Peaceable Kingdom', Huffington Post, sec. Arts & Culture, Oct 26, 2011.


'Curator Claire Gilman on Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue at The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery at Hunter College', The Drawing Center, 2011.


Li, Lucy. 'Living Objects: Patti Smith's Polaroids', Artlog, Nov 8, 2011.


Kaplan, Isaac. 'Camera Solo: See Patti Smith's Photos of Rimbaud's Spoon, Mapplethorpe's Slippers, and Other Obscure Arts Relics', Blouin Artinfo, Oct 19, 2011.


Binlot, Ann. 'Patti Smith Hosts a Rimbaid Birthday Bash to Open Her New Photo Show at the Wadsworth Atheneum', Blouin Artinfo, Oct 21, 2011.


'Top Ten: Patti Smith', Artforum, Oct 2011 issue.


Miller, Michael. 'Patti Smith Previews Photographs at Robert Miller Gallery', New York Observer, sec. Culture, Jul 14, 2011.


Rosa, Carmen. 'Los mitos de una Leyenda', Harper's Bazaar (Spain), Dec 2011 issue.

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Solo Exhibitions



























































Eighteen Stations, Robert Miller Gallery, New York



MoMA PS1 and Rockaway Artists Alliance, Fort Tilden and Rockaway Beach, New York, The Resilience of the Dreamer (Jun 29 - Sep 1)


The Clocktower Gallery, New York, Dark Paradise (Feb 5 – Apr 1) [itinerary: Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo, 15 Jun – 10 Aug 2013] 

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Patti Smith: The Coral Sea (May 18 – Oct 31)


Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Patti Smith: Camera Solo (Oct 21, 2011 – Feb 19, 2012) [itinerary: Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit (Jun 1 – Sep 2, 2012), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (Feb 9 – May 19, 2013)]


Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, New York, Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue (Sep 7 – Dec 7)


Collección Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, San Feliu de Guixols, Catalonia, Spain, Patti Smith: Art in Heaven (Jul 24 – Sep 26)


Robert Miller Gallery, New York, Veil (Mar 19 – Apr 18)

Creative Time, Governors Island, NY, PLOT09: This World and Nearer Ones Sound Piece Collaboration (Jun 27)

Galleria Poggiali e Forconi, Florence, Patti Smith: Photographs for Florence (Sep 9 – Oct 6) (L'artista interverrà all'inaugurazione della mostra con una performance live)


Artium Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, Written Portrait - Patti Smith (Dec 4, 2008 – Feb 22, 2009) [itinerary: Tenerife Espacio para las Artes, Tenerife, Spain (May 22 – Sep 6, 2009)]


Espai Cúbic, Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró, Majorca, Patti Smith (Mar 6 – 16)

Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, Patti Smith Land 250 (Mar 28 – Jun 8)

Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne, Patti Smith Photograph & Installation (Oct 9 – 25)


Waldorf-Astoria, New York, Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (March 12)

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK, Patti Smith (May 16 – June 28)


Robert Miller Gallery, New York, Patti Smith A Pythagorean Traveler (Dec 1, 2006 – Jan 13, 2007)


Royal Festival Hall, London, Patti Smith’s Meltdown Festival (Jun 11 – 26)


Robert Miller Gallery, New York, Patti Smith: Photographs (Mar 18 – Apr 24)

JP Market Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Photographs (May 5 – 30)


Charleston Literary Festival, Charleston, Firle, UK, Robert and Patti (May 11 – Jun 30)


The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Strange Messenger: The Work of Patti Smith (Sep 28, 2002 – Jan 5, 2003) [itinerary: The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston (Mar 28 – Jun 15); Parco Gallery, Tokyo (Jul 18 – Aug 18); Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Sep 4 – Dec 3); Haus der Kunst, Munich (Dec 18, 2003 – Feb 29, 2004); Palazzo Diamanti, Ferrara, Italy (Mar 20-May 16); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (Aug 21 – Nov 21)]


Galerie Baudoin Lebon, Paris, Robert Mapplethorpe Portraits. Patti Smith Dessins (Jun 4 – Jul 4) [itinerary: Centre Jérôme Cuzin, Auch, France (Jul 18 – Sep 6)]


Robert Miller Gallery, New York, Patti Smith: Works on Paper Over the Years (Jan 8 – Feb 8)


Galerie Veith Turske, Cologne, Patti Smith Drawings (Oct 20, 1977 – Jan 15, 1978)

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Regen Projects, Los Angeles, Distant Star / Estrella Distante: an exhibition organized around the writings of Roberto Bolaño (Jul 14 – Aug 20) [itinerary: Kurimanzutto, Mexico City (Sep 10 - Oct 29)]


Robert Miller Gallery, New York, Patti Smith and Steven Sebring: Objects of Life (Jan 6 – Feb 13)

Triennale di Milano, Milan, It’s not only Rock’n’Roll, Baby! (Jun 24 - Sep 26)


Haus der Kunst, Munich, Traces of the Spiritual/ Traces du Sacré (Sep 19, 2008 – Jan 11, 2009)


ArtMbassy, Berlin, Germany, Objects of Light (Feb 8 - 14)

Centre for Fine Arts, BOZAR (Palais des Beaux Arts), Brussels, It’s not only Rock ‘n’ Roll, Baby!: A Story of Art and Music (Jun 17 – Sep 14)


Fundacion Canal, Madrid, Fotografos insospechados – PhotoEspaña (Unsuspected Photographers, Celebrities Behind the Lens) (May 31 – Jul 22) [itinerary: FOTO&PHOTO, Festival Internazionale di Fotografia, Cesano Maderno, Milan (Sep 8 – Oct 5); Fundación Municipal de Cultura, Valladolid, Spain (Nov 21, 2007 – Jan 6, 2008)]

Anita Shapolsky Gallery, New York, The Writer’s Brush: Paintings and Drawings by Writers (Sep 11 – Oct 27) [itinerary: Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA (Dec 14, 2007 – Jan 13, 2008)]


Aperture Foundation, New York, On The Wall: Aperture Magazine ’05 – ’06: Showcasing artists featured in the previous eight issues of Aperture (Jan 11 - Mar 8)

401 Projects, New York, Visions of Rock (Sep 9 – Nov 4)

The Baltic, Gateshead, UK, Photographs (May 16 – Jun 28)


Trolley Gallery, London, Sur les Traces (Nov 26, 2006 – Jan 7, 2007)


Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland, Festival of Contemporary Visual Art (Apr 20 – May 9)

Charleston Trust, East Sussex, England, Moments of Being (May 6 - Jun 25)

Model Arts and Niland Gallery, The Mall, Sligo, Ireland, Drawings and Photographs (May 20 – Jul 9)

Alison Jacques Gallery, London, Robert Mapplethorpe: Still Moving and Lady (Sep 8 – Oct 7)


Palazzo Fontana di Trevi, Rome, Land 250 (Apr 17 – May 29) [itinerary: Casa Della Contadinanza, Udine (Jun 27 – Jul 15)

JP Market Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Open Studio (Sep 24 - 25)

JP Market Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Black and White Photo Show (Oct - Nov)

JP Market Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, 14 Artists 14 Ways of Seeing (Dec)


JP Market Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Church and State (Jul 16 – Aug 8)


London, fig-1: 50 Projects in 50 Weeks. Patti Smith: Week 45 (through Feb 11, 2001) (the film Still Moving shown in conjunction with the Tate Gallery exhibition, Blake)


Center for the Humanities, The New York Public Library, New York, A Secret Location on the Lower East Side: Adventures in Writing 1960-1980 (Jan 24 – Jul 15)

Robert Miller Gallery, New York, Art to Art to Art (May 5 – Jun 5)

Bakalar Gallery, The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, Boston, Michael Stipe with Drawings by Patti Smith and Polaroid Prints by Oliver Ray (Sepr 11 – Oct 23)

Museum Eki, Kyoto, Patti Smith & Friends: Oliver Ray & Michael Stipe (Nov 18 – Dec 6)


Museum Of Modern Art, New York, A Decade of Collecting- Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Drawing (Sep 1997 – Jan 13, 1998)


Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Raw Vision, Raw Word: Book Art As Process and Power (Mar 15 – May 18)

Photographic Resource Center, Boston University, Boston, Extended Play: Between a Rock and an Art Space (May 8 – Aug 17)


Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, The Envisioned Word: Collaborations in Book Design between Artists and Poets (Mar 29 – May 19)


The Art Market Gallery, Jamaica Plain, MA, Photography (Oct 8 – Nov 5)


Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Recent Drawings by Younger Artists (Apr 26 – Jun 11)

Robert Miller Gallery, New York Film and Stills (Jun 7 – 24)


Gotham Book Mart & Gallery, New York, Drawings


Gotham Book Mart & Gallery, New York, Drawings/Witt

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Talbott, Susan L. Camera Solo. Hartford: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 2012.


Smith, Patti. Just Kids. New York: Ecco, 2010.


Friedman, Donald. The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers. New York: Random House, 2007.


Passport (exhibition catalogue). Brussels: Bozar Books, pp. 80-88, 2004.


Cross Section Patti Smith. Tokyo: Hysteric Glamour, 2003.


Greenberg, David, and John W. Smith. Strange Messenger: The Work of Patti Smith (exhibition catalogue). Pittsburgh: The Andy Warhol Museum (also published in Ferrara for Italian edition), 2002.


Fuku, Noriko, and John P. Jacob. Patti Smith and Friends (exhibition brochure). Kyoto: Museum Eki, 1998.


Aisemberg, Paula. Robert Mapplethorpe Portraits. Patti Smith Dessins (exhibition catalogue). Paris: Galerie Baudoin Lebon, 1998.


Artist Drawn (exhibition catalogue). New York: Artist Space, New York & Committee for the Visual Arts, Inc., p.7, 1979.


Recent Drawings by Younger Artists (exhibition catalogue). New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1978.


Patti Smith (exhibition catalogue). Cologne: Galerie Veith Turske, 1977.

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