Portrait of Sam Wagstaff in his apartment in Detroit, photograph by Enrico Natali, with handwritten note on back, c. 1970.

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Size: 8 x 10 inches

“With love from one kook to another — and a big HUG!” – Sam



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The connection between Anne MacDonald (1942 – 2018) and Sam Wagstaff (1921 – 1987) dates back to the early 1970s when she was on the Board of Trustees at the Detroit Institute of Art where he was a curator. Despite her title, MacDonald was still in her 20s and…