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If art galleries truly are the new churches of our secular age, then the Smith show at the AGO is nothing less than a feat of reconsecration

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Jackson Smith, NYC 2006 gelatin silver print 8.25 x 10.75 cm (image)

© Patti Smith. Courtesy the artist and Robert Miller Gallery, New York. For her show at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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Virginia Woolf’s Bed I, Monk’s House 2003 gelatin silver print (edition 7/10) 10.75 x 8.25 cm (image). Purchased through the gift of Robinson A. and Nancy D. Grover.

© Patti Smith For her show at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Paintbrushes, Duncan Grant’s Studio 2008 gelatin silver print 10.75 x 8.25 cm (image)

© Patti Smith. Courtesy the artist and Robert Miller Gallery, New York For her show at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Robert's Slippers 2002 4 1/4 in x 3 1/4 (image); 10 x 8 in (sheet) 12 7/8 x 10 7/8 in. [framed] Gelatin Silver Print, ed. 5/10. Purchased through the gift of Robinson A. and Nancy D. Grover, 2011.18.1

© Patti Smith For her show at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Cross with Mirror 2003 4 . in x 3 . (image); 10 x 8 in (sheet) 12 7/8 x 10 7/8 in. [framed] Gelatin Silver Print.

© Patti Smith. Courtesy the artist and Robert Miller Gallery, New York For her show at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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My Father's Cup 2004 4 1/4 in x 3 1/4 (image); 10 x 8 in (sheet) 12 7/8 x 10 7/8 in. [framed] Gelatin Silver Print, ed. 2/10 Private Collection.

© Patti Smith For her show at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Arthur Rimbaud's Utensils, MusÈe Rimbaud, Charleville 2005 4 1/4 in x 3 1/4 (image); Gelatin Silver Print, ed. 9/10 Purchased through the gift of Robinson A. and Nancy D. Grover, 2011.18.6

© Patti Smiith For her show at the Art Gallery of Ontario AGO

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Scripture, Glasgow Cathedral 2007 gelatin silver print 8.25 x 10.75 cm (image).

© Patti Smith. Courtesy the artist and Robert Miller Gallery, New York For her show at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Walt Whitman’s Tomb, Camden, NJ 2007 gelatin silver print 10.75 x 8.25 cm (image) Courtesy of the artist and Robert Miller Gallery, New York.

© Patti Smith. Courtesy the artist and Robert Miller Gallery, New York For her show at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Winged Cherubim, San Severino Marche 2009 Polaroid print 10.75 x 9.5 cm (image). Gift of David and Mary Dangremond in memory of Leicester and Mary Plant Faust. 2011.19.1

© Patti Smith For her show at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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