Monday, June 14, 2010

Robert & Patti: Mutual Muses












Having just completed Patti Smith's Just Kids, a memoir specifically highlighting her friendship, romance, and working relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, what was most compelling to learn was not only the talent of these two as artists during a pivotal time in history (New York City in the 1960s and 1970s) but their significant influence on each other's work.

During New York's era of beat poets and punk music, Smith and Mapplethorpe lived and worked in the historic, bohemian art hub, the Chelsea Hotel. According to Smith's memoirs, her poetry, music, performance art, and drawing was heavily influenced by her photographer friend and his his fearlessness and provocativeness. In turn, Mapplethorpe regularly used Smith as his subject du jour. Miss Smith even continued to let her friend and former lover capture her image for her album covers until his 1989 death from AIDS complications. The two were such a force together that they were given a joint gallery show at Robert Miller Gallery (where Smith is still represented) in 1978.

Of course I love the intimacy both artists exhibit in their work (albeit with very different aesthetics) and the striking imagery of Patti Smith as captured by Robert is inspiring enough, but the reason I want to share these images with you all is to show you what the Just Kids most taught me: that these are two great artists whose lives and work were inextricably entagled with one another's, and was all the better because they were. I also threw in a few snapshots of the two together in their heyday, both to provide a visual of the time of the heighth of their relationship...and also because these photos are completely awesome. Enjoy :)

























































































































9 comments:

峻龍 said...

這麼好的部落格,以後看不到怎麼辦啊!!......................................................................

文群文群 said...

所有的資產,在不被諒解時,都成了負債.................................................................                           

峻帆峻帆峻帆 said...

Quality is better than quantity.................................................................

佳蓉佳蓉 said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。.................................................................

11吳dennismattie俊易 said...

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佳皓佳皓 said...

朋友是一面鏡子............................................................

佩璇佩璇 said...

這麼用心的經營你的文章, 當然值得我們留連拜訪的!............................................................

婷珊 said...

卡爾.桑得柏:「除非先有夢,否則一切皆不成。」共勉!..................................................................

建佑建佑 said...

人生最可憐的是半途而廢,最可悲的是喪失信心,最遺憾的是浪費時間,最可怕的是沒有恆心。..................................................