Just when we thought Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame had finally ended he is back and vying for our attention once more. Portraits of the iconic artist were discovered in a forgotten-about filing cabinet for more than 30 years and now, for the first time, they are being shown to the public in an exhibition that will open almost simultaneously in New York City and London.
The series was taken by press — and later fashion — photographer Steve Wood in the early ’80s. The serendipitous meeting happened in the South of France when a mutual friend of both Wood and Warhol — the late Elaine Kauffman, of NYC’s famed eatery Elaine’s — introduced them. Wood was actually on his way to photograph Clint Eastwood and Rock Hudson when Kauffman convinced him to take the snaps. He thought nothing more of it and stored them away until they were discovered just recently.
The London launch is to take place as part of the Pop Cultural Weekend at the Conran-designed, South Place Hotel and they will serve as the focal point of a bigger exhibition of pop-up gallery events by the Turner Barnes Gallery. Lost Then Found will also be exhibited at 345meatpacking in NYC, so fans on both side of the Atlantic can enjoy the previously unseen portraits of Andy Warhol.
345meatpacking – New York
May 3 – 12, 2013
South Place Hotel – London
May 10 – 12, 2013