Bob, Robert, Mapplethorpe. Three in One. The Bob Patti. Among the streets and the skyscrapers of New York, the indissoluble friendship, fleeting love and the creative complicity begins. Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith are known for – nomads and vagabonds – exploring New York in the 60s. The overwhelming city that is not forgiving any betrayal.
The numerous attempts to make art until he finds perfect agreement with the photography. Start tinkering Polaroid and then meet the fate with the inseparable Hasselblad. The photo camera was given by his companion, Sam Wagstaff, the curator and art collector. Robert acquired the expressiveness and soon the unparalleled reputation that both shocked and impressed the audience.
More than twenty years after his death, Mapplethorpe was celebrated one again as the greatest photographer of all times. Few years ago, there was the Guggenheim in New York in order to offer one retrospective. A spiral of the sculptural bodies in order to retrace the reincarnation of the contemporary classic ideas. Today, a personal exhibition at the Spazio Forma in Milan, performs the genius and transgression. Not also the bodies but also the famous bird series, still lives, Lisa Lyon and Patti Smith shots and the less famous children portraits. Do not also miss Robert Mapplethorpe by Sofia Coppola in the Thaddeus Ropac gallery in Paris. By enclosing the thought of the photographer in one word: dare!