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

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