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Full Circle, American photographer, William John Kennedy documented his friends Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana from the early 60s, at the crucial moment when both of the iconic artist’s career was just launching, and this rare body of images has become one the most recognised and important collections of pictures of the artists in the early days of the pop art movement
To mark the 33rd anniversary of Warhol’s death on 22 February Hampstead’s Zebra One Gallery will unveil “Full Circle” 15 of the most important images from Kennedy’s body of work in the UK, supported by full- length documentary, Andy Warhol: Full Circle, telling the story of these remarkable photos of both Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol, with insight from the characters who were part of the Sixties New York art scene as well as art historians reflecting on the significance of the shots.
The private view and press screening of Full Circle will took place at the Bulgari Hotel London on 20 February from 5.30-10 pm.
The exhibition moves to Zebra One Gallery on 22 February until 12 March, when Tate Modern launches its Andy Warhol retrospective exhibition.
Zebra One Gallery owner, Gabrielle Du Plooy said: “We are so excited about sharing these important images and documentary with the UK.
“Warhol’s identity was shrouded in mystery, behind his wig and glasses. But Kennedy’s photographs and documentary give a unique and important insight not just into the icon himself, but into that extraordinary time before he achieved his 15 minutes – and counting – of fame and a pivotal moment in art history.”
The London exhibition includes five colour and ten black and white images, providing a fresh perspective of Warhol and his work when he was on the cusp of changing the face of art.
Remarkably, the negatives were stored in a box, gathering dust for nearly five decades, until Kennedy rediscovered them and worked with fine art publishing house KIWI to introduce them to the world, leading to Zebra One Gallery’s UK exhibition of these images.
“Full Circle”, the documentary traces the images’ journey from the day Kennedy composed them, to the present, including interviews between Kennedy and a host of fascinating names, such as Warhol Superstars Taylor Mead, Ultra Violet, and as well as Robert Indiana, who was there at the beginning he also helped lead the Pop Art movement.
Eric C. Shiner, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum concludes: “Kennedy knew intuitively that the only way to truly see Warhol was to see his art.
“In uniting Warhol the man with Warhol the artist, Kennedy has given us some of the most joyous and insightful images of Andy Warhol ever created.
“The photographs are both engaging and rare, and they most definitely depict the artist at a pivotal moment, just before his career exploded. Now the Andy Warhol Museum is delighted to be involved in bringing these images to a wider public.
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