In the 1963 photographer William John Kennedy came to New York to shoot two of Pop’s biggest stars—Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana. Now, 50 years later, Warhol and Indiana are among modern art history’s most celebrated and the 81-year-old Kennedy is returning to New York for an exhibition of photographs on the Lower East Side, some shot just blocks away from the gallery. Along with recently unveiled images of Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana from the photographer’s personal archives, the exhibition will include screenings of Full Circle: Before They Were Famous, a short documentary that chronicles the journey of Kennedy’s images as they were made public, featuring a candid Robert Indiana in his Vinalhaven studio, along with Warhol superstars Ultra Violet and Taylor Mead. This rare glimpse into the early days of two legendary artsits runs through May 29 at Site/109.
Before They Were Famous
April 19–May 29
109 Norfolk Street
top: Andy Warhol with Birmingham Race Riot mounted on homemade sandwich board at the Factory fire escape door
bottom: Andy Warhol with his assistant Gerard Malanga filming Taylor Mead for Warhol’s Taylor Mead’s Ass at the Factory
Copyright 2010 William John Kennedy, courtesy of Kiwi Arts Group
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