January 29, 2013

Just Kids

Have you read Patti Smith's Just Kids? It's a beautifully written memoir about her relationship with the photographer Robert Mapplethrope. The two met in their early 20s when they were both starving artists and instantly developed a lifelong connection.

The book delves deep into the gritty 1970s New York City art scene, along with crazy tales from the Hotel Chelsea, and the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg. But what resonated with me most was the couple's deep friendship, admirable work ethic and passion for making art.

I like the story Patti tells about when they used to go to the Whitney Museum. They were so broke they only had the money for one ticket, meaning only one of them would go in, look at the exhibits and report back to the other. On one occasion, Patti went inside and could see Robert through the window, leaning against a parking meter outside. When she came out, he said, "One day we'll go in together, and the work will be ours."

(Photos via Interview Magazine)

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