Lost photos of Andy Warhol languished in a garage for decades

In 1982, Karen Bystedt, a 19-year-old NYU scholar, cold-called Andy Warhol at his studio in Union Sq. and requested if she might {photograph} him.

A couple of years later, she packed the portraits in a field and moved to Los Angeles. However after she’d gotten settled, she couldn’t discover them. She couldn’t bear in mind if she had given the snaps away or simply left them in some forgotten storage unit. Both method, she assumed they have been misplaced eternally.

However the shutterbug had a stroke of luck in 2011. After consulting with a “Tibetan monk named Darje,” Bystedt grew to become decided to search out the lacking movie. She spent two weeks going via two previous garages, the place she had dumped a bunch of belongings decades in the past. In a termite-filled cardboard field, she struck gold: 10 of the unique negatives, preserved in wax sleeves however lined in mud.

She and a pal spent 4 months digitizing and cleansing the photographs up, pixel by pixel. Bystedt, not content material to merely publish the unseen photos, thought of a new approach to make the most of her 15 minutes (OK, extra like 90 minutes) with the pop icon: She invited up to date artists to color over and round her Warhol photos, respiratory new life into her previous work.

So she started reaching out to artists seeing if they’d have an interest in placing their very own stamp on her prints.

The response was overwhelming. Bystedt’s new exhibit, “The Lost Warhols,” opening Could 1 at 178 Sixth Avenue in Soho, contains 66 completely different interpretations of her portraits from 34 artists.

“I actually consider that [Warhol’s] spirit has been guiding me,” Bystedt tells The Submit throughout an unique preview of the present.

It’s 10 in the morning, and Bystedt, a petite blonde, is sporting a sheer floor-length robe with dollar-bill appliqués, platform boots and inexperienced metallic lipstick. Her white, puffer-vest-clad lap canine, Snow Buddha, scampers round her toes. “I really feel like Andy loves this,” Bystedt says of her work. “I believe he could be thrilled with how good he appears to be like.”

“Andy with Flag”Karen Bystedt

Bystedt was born in Israel, however lived in London and California as a little one. As a images scholar at NYU, she met heaps of male fashions whereas helping vogue shoots, and was photographing them for a e-book when she got here throughout a Barney’s advert that includes Andy Warhol.

“He had that white loopy wig, he was sporting this sweater and he was leaning over these fashions, and I used to be like, ‘Wow, that will be actually nice to place Andy in my e-book!’ ”

So she known as the places of work at Warhol’s Interview Journal, and the artist picked up the cellphone.

“I actually consider it was destiny,” she says.

Two weeks later, Bystedt was hauling a rented Hasselblad digital camera and lights to Warhol’s famed “Manufacturing facility” on 14th Road. The artist was ready for her in a tweed Perry Ellis swimsuit, a striped knit tie, a neat wig — and a face slathered in pancake make-up.

Bystedt was thrilled he had dressed up, however informed him, “Mr. Warhol, I really need you to look nearly as good as potential, and I simply want that will help you repair this make-up.” He obliged.

She ended up taking 36 photos, and printed two in her e-book ,”Not Simply One other Fairly Face,” printed in 1983.  Warhol got here to its launch occasion — and that was the final time she noticed him. He died in 1987.

Items in “The Lost Warhols,” which can be on view via Could 22, are priced between $2,500 and $40,000. Fifty % of proceeds bought will go to God’s Love We Ship, a nonprofit that gives nutritious meals for New Yorkers who’re too sick to buy or cook dinner for themselves.

Bystedt says she will be able to’t think about a higher tribute to Warhol. “Andy cherished collaboration, he cherished youthful artists and he cherished New York,” she says.


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Dom Pattinson

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“Ndebele Andy 2”

Ralph Ziman aka Afrika_47

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“Kaleidoscope Andy”

Couto Brothers

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“Wild World of Andy”

Peter Tunney

Annie Preece

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Annie Preece

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