Silkscreens of Warhol's Photographer
9 - 20 March 2020
In recognition of the new Andy Warhol retrospective at Tate Modern, David Hill Gallery has a pop up exhibition of Billy Name’s photography at J/M at Gallery from 10th t0 20th March.
Billy’s images are one of the most important photographic documents of any single artist in history, capturing Warhol’s most significant period and offer unparalleled insight into Factory life.
When Billy departed the Factory in 1970, he left all of his negatives behind. After Warhol’s passing in 1987, the Warhol Foundation contacted Billy offering to return his negatives. It was then, in a nod to Warhol’s techniques, that Billy produced a series of beautifully stark silkscreens from these negatives. His photographs document life at the Silver Factory from 1964 and show artwork creation, the filming of Screen Tests and features like Chelsea Girls, Vinyl and My Hustler, plus images of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, Nico, Edie Sedgwick and Bob Dylan.
'Billy caught the energy of the Factory scene, but also its sense of sanctuary – a place where the freaks and outsiders could merge with the glamorous under the democratic gaze of Andy’s Super 8’ Sean O’Hagan, The Guardian