Apr 022013
Small Mapplethorpe and Smith

With eyes blindfolded, totally naked and kneeling on the floor as if they were praying are the then-unknown, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe photos of Lloyd Ziff which are exposed in the Gallery New York Danziger.

"They were always working, making paintings, drawings and sculptures, and the walls of his apartment were covered with their works," recalls Ziff, who met Mapplethorpe at the end of the 1960s in a kind of photography at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith

Now famous for having been the artistic direction of magazines like Vanity Fair and Rolling Stone, the photographer was in 1968 at the small house shared by the two artists in the Clinton Hill neighborhood to make them portraits that would be the first that were made together.

A year later, Mapplethorpe, who would jump to fame after its provocative photographs, he decided to do an animated film with images of the singer and of himself naked.

The two artists, who for years maintained a friendly and loving relationship that Smith told with mastery in his award-winning book "Just Kids", came to Ziff in the West Village apartment so this will take them this series of nudes.

This series of nudes focused exhibition, which will remain open until next May 4 and in which you can also see the "Godmother of punk" completely nude and with her arms aloft, but showing also more intimate portraits of the couple, pensive in front of the camera.

Mapplethorpe, who died in 1989 due to problems arising from AIDS, finally lost interest in making the film and photographs had been forgotten until now, when Ziff decided to dust them off and show them to the public in the New York gallery.

Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, the naked