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Patti Smith


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In the early 1970s Smith, a painter-turned-poet, began to set her poems to the electric guitar backup of rock writer Lenny Kaye. Their debut recording “Hey Joe/Piss Factory”—considered to be the first punk-rock record—was financed in part by the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

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Patti Smith (American, born 1946), Self Portrait. 1971. Pencil, ballpoint pen, colored pencil, charcoal, and gouache with black-and-white instant print on paper. 29 x 23" (73.6 x 58.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the artist, 1996

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