Can I just say, you are such a badass.
I went to see the exhibition on your life at the Brooklyn Museum last weekend and, beyond your art, I was so blown away by the persona and brand you created around yourself. The thought that went into all of your aesthetic decisions from such a young age and have endured through your death were so smart. Everything, from your clothes that you made (that look like the inspiration for The Row), to the way you chose to have yourself photographed always cloaked in black created such an image.
There was a section of the exhibition called “celebrity” that included photos taken of you by everyone to your late love Alfred Stieglitz to Andy Warhol and Bruce Weber. I was so impressed by the seemingly obvious decisions you made to maintain your own image, so much so that people were clamoring to discover exactly who you were. If this persona was carefully calculated or the most authentic version of yourself is something we’ll never know, but I applaud you for always being in control of how you were perceived. And for creating beautiful art and an inspiring life in the meantime.