|Self Portrait, 1975|
|Lydia Cheng, 1987|
|Derrick Cross, 1983, |
all pictures: THE ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE FOUNDATION
When I was 19, I went to New York City to study dance. - A big step in many ways: Leaving little Bergen, Norway; getting overwhelming challenges as a dance student; and discovering some amazing art museums.
A Robert Mapplethorpe retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art (1988) was the first show I saw.
Look at that playful guy in the top picture.
- Isn't there some of the same playfulness in the next two photos?
Do you see the beautiful lines and proportions? A stringent abstraction is accentuated by the black and white format, particularly in the tulip picture.
- And the way that last photo has been composed: What a beautiful shape...