I was finishing up the great book Just Kids, by Patti Smith, recommending it to readers here and as the New Year of 2011 began suggested a series for looking at the gender question here
Later in the year Smith won the National Book Award for Just Kids. Her own power comes from one source-neither masculine nor feminine-this -a key to being a great artist. She mentions Picasso-another great artist that comes and goes here at little augury.
"One evening I sat Beauty on my knees
And I found her bitter
And I reviled her.” RIMBAUD
Patti Smith came to mind on a posting today-December 30th. Is it the ending of a year? the beginning? or today was it because today is her birthday,
born December 30 1946.
“And again: No more gods! no more gods! Man is King, Man is God! - But the great Faith is Love!” RIMBAUD
Artists from the Patti Smith feeling the rhythm postings in 2011 here ,were all women. Perhaps-because WOMEN are often described as WOMEN PAINTERS, WOMEN WRITERS, WOMEN this that or the other. My Picks: Tilda Swinton, Nina Simone & Helen Frankenthaler. Your suggestions for 2012?
“I have stretched ropes from steeple to steeple; garlands from window to window; golden chains from star to star,
and I dance.”
Again, looking at Robert Mappelthorpe, photographer who has not yet been recognized as the truly extraordinary artist he was. Yes-he is recognized as a great one-he is that too.
(from Interview here)
We'll see more of these Artists in the new year. Their power remains undiminished.
“He would say, 'How funny it will all seem, all you've gone through, when I'm not here anymore, when you no longer feel my arms around your shoulders, nor my heart beneath you, nor this mouth on your eyes, because I will have to go away someday, far away...' And in that instant I could feel myself with him gone, dizzy with fear, sinking down into the most horrible blackness: into death.” RIMBAUD
all photographs in this post by Robert Mapplethorpe, at little augury here