|Tulips, Robert Mapplethorpe, 1987|
|Deborah Harry, Robert Mapplethorpe, 1978|
Mapplethorpe is famously known for his duel nature and controversial imagery, but when it comes to the execution of the photos themselves, the artistry and technique is sublime. There is also a consistent and delicate thread running through each image... Whether a series of erotic nudes, an iconic portrait of long time friend Patti Smith, or a wilting bouquet of beautifully mono-toned tulips, I felt a side of Mapplethorpe in each one; as if no matter the theme, each is a self portrait. The show ends Saturday, June 18.