Andy Warhol at the Silver Factory, c. Spring 1964. Billy NAME.
Andy Warhol at the Silver Factory, c. Spring 1964.
Andy Warhol at the Silver Factory, c. Spring 1964.

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Andy Warhol at the Silver Factory, c. Spring 1964.

Gelatin silver print, 2013. SIGNED by Billy Name alongside his stamp on the verso. Card stock. 15x8 inches (38.1x25.4cm.). Fine.

Taken with the Pentax Honeywell 35mm. camera given to him by Warhol, Billy Name's photograph portrays Andy seated in the Factory flanked by his Harmon Kardon hi-fi speakers, with a single lightbulb above bouncing the light from the newly silver foil covered-walls. He appears relaxed, with the recently completed Brillo box sculptures laid out on the floor in front of him, ready for his forthcoming exhibition at the Stable Gallery.

Billy Linich (known as Billy Name from early 1966 on) first met Andy Warhol in 1959 at Serendipity 3, an Upper East Side general store-restaurant staffed by gay men, where he worked as a waiter. Later, in December 1963, when Warhol visited Linich's gleaming silver apartment on the Lower East Side for one of his famous hair-cutting parties, he invited him to decorate his recently acquired loft on East 47th Street.

Linich began work in January 1964, covering every inch of Warhol's new art space in either silver foil or silver spray paint, moving in shortly after so he could work whatever hours he wanted. With his newly acquired Pentax, and despite having no formal photographic training (he found a manual for the camera in a local store), Linich immediately took on a multi-purpose role as Warhol's in-house photographer and on-site caretaker, thus first creating the Silver Factory (considered by him to be an installation), and then documenting its legendary luminaries.

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