Andy Warhol: Almost Famous

-photograph by William John Kennedy

-photograph by William John Kennedy

“Everybody must have a fantasy.” -Andy Warhol

“For a period of time in the early 1960s, a young commercial photographer named William John Kennedy made a habit of shooting a couple of artists he had befriended in New York’s gallery scene. He then filed the negatives away in a cardboard box, where they remained for almost 50 years. Now 81 and living in Miami Beach, Kennedy recently unearthed the archive: the artists were Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol, and the period was late 1962 to 1964, the years during which Indiana and Warhol were becoming household names. The photographs, which will be exhibited at the Scope Miami art show during Art Basel Miami Beach, include some of the only known shots of Indiana and Warhol with their iconic works: Indiana with his “Love” painting, Warhol with an acetate of Marilyn Monroe. Perhaps more remarkably, though, they capture the artists not fully formed but on the cusp of fame. “They were in their infancy,” Kennedy said by phone from Miami. “But by the end, it would be a miracle if I could shoot one minute because Andy was constantly going to the telephone to answer calls.” -T Magazine

IN DEPTH:

WATCH: Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film
by PBS
"He was the most American of artists and the most artistic of Americans," one man later said – "so American in fact that he is almost invisible to us." ANDY WARHOL – a riveting and often deeply moving film portrait of the most famous and famously controversial artist of the second half of the twentieth century – is the first to explore the complete spectrum of Warhol's astonishing artistic output, stretching across five decades from the late 1940's to his untimely death in 1987. Combining powerful on-camera interviews and rare still and motion picture footage, it is also the first to put Warhol himself – his humble family background and formative experiences in Pittsburgh, and his crucial apprenticeship as a commercial artist in New York – back into the presentation of his life(more)...."
BOOK: The Andy Warhol Diaries
by Andy Warhol

"Spanning the mid-1970s until just a few days before his death in 1987, THE ANDY WARHOL DIARIES is a compendium of the more than twenty thousand pages of the artist's diary that he dictated daily to Pat Hackett. In it, Warhol gives us the ultimate backstage pass to practically everything that went on in the world-both high and low. He hangs out with "everybody": Jackie O ("thinks she's so grand she doesn't even owe it to the public to have another great marriage to somebody big"), Yoko Ono ("We dialed F-U-C-K-Y-O-U and L-O-V-E-Y-O-U to see what happened, we had so much fun"), and "Princess Marina of, I guess, Greece," along with art-world rock stars Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali, and Keith Haring.

"Warhol had something to say about everyone who crossed his path, whether it was Lou Reed or Liberace, Patti Smith or Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra or Michael Jackson. A true cultural artifact, THE ANDY WARHOL DIARIES amounts to a portrait of an artist-and an era-unlike any other.

"This international literary sensation turns the spotlight on one of the most influential and controversial figures in American culture. Filled with shocking observations about the lives, loves, and careers of the rich, famous, and fabulous, Warhol's journal is endlessly fun and fascinating(more)..."