During the “Silver Sixties,” William John Kennedy, then a freelance photographer, recorded the rise of a young Andy Warhol and the ensuing Pop Art Movement at his Manhattan studio, “The Factory.” Over fifty years later, those images are on display in New York.
“Before They Were Famous: Behind the Lens of William John Kennedy” at the Site/109 gallery in lower Manhattan features more than 60 black and white shots of Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana working as well as posing with some of their most iconic works, including Warhol’s “Marilyn” and Indiana’s “Love.”
The exhibit, which is on display now and runs until May 29, takes viewers back in time before Warhol was an icon, and his art focusing on celebrities and household items wasn’t yet highlights of a movement which is still cherished today.
Kennedy, who is now 82 and lives in Miami Beach, FL, actually forgot about the pictures he took in 1964, until he crossed upon them in a cardboard box in his studio.
One of the notable pictures on display is a sort of double portrait of Warhol and Marilyn Munroe, in it, Warhol is holding up a sheet with Munroe’s face on it.
The Kiwi Arts Group presents the exhibit.