New York: S.i., 1974. A compelling trio of interrelated items by Smith, combining artistry, poetry, and self-reflection. Fresh off the first exhibit of her drawings at the Gotham Book Mart, this was created during a particularly fertile year for Smith, during which she formed the Patti Smith Group, and released her first vinyl single ("Hey Joe" / "Piss Factory"). A desirable and deeply personal early work. Item #4688
Original self-portrait, composed in black ink and felt-tipped pen on beige stock, measuring 15.25cm x 21cm (6" x 8.25"); captioned "Winghead," signed and dated by Smith (1974) along the lower margin. Light wear to extremities, subtle toning along upper margin, with a few closed tears along left edge. Accompanied by a signed holograph document on Gotham Book Mart stationary, in which Smith supplies the title and background of the artwork: "Winghead in repose / This is a self portrait from Easter 74...a very peaceful time in my life...like a lamb unaware of future slaughter / Patti Smith." Together with a signed holograph poem, composed in black fine-point pen on Gotham Book Mart stationary: "Dream / he o boy / Rimbaud?? / disintegrating / (pipe dream) / Happily / Patti Smith." Subtle toning to extremities, else very well preserved. All housed in a manila envelope, with Radio Ethiopia address label on one side, and Smith's bold signature and "refm" in red sharpie on the other.