Mapplethorpe Exhibition | Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
The last time I was at the Guggenheim was when I was visiting New York as a tourist before making the big move. The energy and the rush of trying to see everything when you’re visiting in comparison to oh, its there and I can just go whenever its convenient. It has been so long that I can’t even remember what I went to see last.
There is nothing like going to a museum or an art show and feeling inspired afterwards to go create works of my own - oh and usually feeling very hungry (figuratively and literally).
Recently, portraiture is something that I have taken an interest in and starting to take more of. There is something special about capturing that intimate and vulnerable moment that the subject only shares with me.
A few days ago, I stopped by my old stomping ground in the UES, enjoyed a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood and made a visit to the Guggenheim. I thoroughly enjoyed Mapplethorpes black and white portraits and his self portraits at this exhibition. Mapplethorpes work is focused on the classical aspects of beauty, whether they be in portraits, nudes, florals or self portraits- this is seen across his body of work.