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“Before They Were Famous: Behind The Lens of William John Kennedy” is an extraordinary collection of images by the photographer William John Kennedy, which is currently on exhibition at the new gallery Site/109 in New York City. The collection presents a number of never-before-seen photographs of Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana, among them Warhol’s “Marilyn Monroe” and Indiana’s “LOVE,” taken by Mr. Kennedy in the mid-60′s when they were both just emerging American artists.
The fact that these early images of the two iconic American artists happened isn’t necessarily the exciting part. It’s that the amazingly early, naïve portraits of the artists with their own works were created before they were famous. These early images sat untouched for over 50 years, until Kennedy uncovered them within his archives and decided it was time to finally print this project.
This piece includes a number of photographs, a photo-gallery and two documentary short films.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/05/04/never-before-seen-photographs-of-the-young-andy-warhol/“Before They Were Famous: Behind The Lens of William John Kennedy” is an... more
Robert Indiana never saw his oversized EAT sign illuminated after it went up at the New York World's Fair in 1964. A day after being turned on, the sign with its hundreds of light bulbs was turned off because it was attracting hungry tourists who thought it was a restaurant, not a piece of art.
The EAT sign goes back on public display this month for the first time in 44 years as part of Indiana's first major U.S. exhibition in a decade, at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland. The sign is being installed atop the museum roof with lights flashing on five large metal discs with the letters E, A and T.
Having EAT rise again after all these years brings back memories of his mother, who at one time ran a diner and whose final dying word was "eat," Indiana says.
"When the sign is finally turned on the roof of the Farnsworth and I see it for the first time, that will be one of my most exciting days in Maine and one of the most exciting days of my life," he says in an interview at his studio on Vinalhaven, an island 15 miles off the Maine coast where he has lived since 1978.Robert Indiana never saw his oversized EAT sign illuminated after it went up at the... more