Andy Warhol always wanted to be a model. Thirty years ago, when Karen Bystedt saw the Barney’s Clothes store ad that Andy posed for, she got that . Bystedt was an art student at NYU. She rang up the Factory and Andy himself picked up the phone. Warhol was excited by the young photographer’s desire to have him model. He wore his best wigs to the shoots.
Shortly after, Bystedt left New York and the young photographer, ever on the move, somehow lost the negatives. Though she missed them terribly, they were gone. Thirty years after Warhol mugged for her, Karen Bystedt was cleaning out a LA garage and found a box of old Andy Warhol contact sheets.
There in the very bottom of an old corrugated cardboard box were the negatives. Phil Tarley, curator at the Artist’s Corner Gallery and Bookmaking, is excited to present the world premiere of Bystedt’s treasure, The LOST WARHOLS (January 17-21, 2013; Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, LA)). The collection comes in a boxed set of ten 24 x 24 inch, archival pigment prints ( 5 color – 5 Black and white) signed and numbered in an edition of 10 . The box includes the Warhol contacts sheets and intimate quotes from the master himself. Individual prints will also be available for sale.
This is the debut of Artist’s Corner Gallery and Bookmaking at “Photo la”, Los Angeles‘ longest running fine art fair (year 22). Artist ‘s Corner, opened last April, is Hollywood’s newest contemporary photography gallery and specializes in fine art book making, printing and finishing. Its curator Phil Tarley is an American Film Institute Fellow and an artist-member of the Los Angeles Art Association.
The gallery is showing seven of it artists which include Mei Xian Qui, Elizabeth Beristain, Linda Kunik, Mike Spitz, Joel & Irwin Danto and Lori Pond.
PHOTOS : COURTESY OF KAREN BYSTEDT
ABOUT KAREN BYSTEDT
Karen Bystedt is a photographer and author based in Los Angeles. What sets Bystedt apart from other celebrity photographers is her unique ability to see stars before they have risen, roles before they have been played, and to support those manifesting their dreams. In 1993, Bystedt published “Before They Were Famous”, a collection of intimate photographs and candid interviews with actors such as Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Sandra Bullock, Robert Downey Jr., Courtney Cox, Lawrence Fishburne, Laura Dern, Patrick Dempsey and many more. She continues to work in print, editorial and advertising in Los Angeles.
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