“THE LOST WARHOLS”: WORLD PREMIERE OF KAREN BYSTEDT’S TREASURE AT “PHOTO LA” (THE ARTIST’S CORNER)

The Lost Warhols - K. Bystedt Show

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.

LOST WARHOLS K.BYSTEDT 1

LOST WARHOLS K.BYSTEDT 2

PHOTOS : COURTESY OF KAREN BYSTEDT

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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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“THE LOST WARHOLS”: TWO IMAGES PERSONALLY SENT TO ME BY KAREN BYSTEDT

 PHOTOS BY KAREN BYSTEDT

“THE LOST WARHOLS” – PHOTO BY KAREN BYSTEDT

Three days ago I posted an article about the first limited edition print of Karen Bystedt’s “The Lost Warhols” (www.KarenBystedt.com) collection at the Amber Lounge Grand Prix Charity Fashion Event. That post – without images of the event – is still gaining a lot of traffic and it’s at the top of my views. So, in consideration of this huge attention, via e-mail I kindly asked  Karen Bystedt for a pic about “The Lost Warhols” Collection. She personally replied forwarding me two images, that I’m glad to put on line.  Someone said: “Don’t be afraid to ask”. I did so…

I’m so grateful to Karen Bystedt for this wonderful gift which I’m very glad to share with my readers and fellow bloggers. Thank you so much Karen! Your kindness is up to your enchanting and passionate art!           

ABOUT “THE LOST WARHOLS”

Bystedt’s photographs, taken at “The Factory” in New York when she was 19 years old, are some of the most unique images ever captured of the famous pop artist.

“THE LOST WARHOLS” – PHOTO BY KAREN BYSTEDT – IMAGE BOUGHT BY PRINCE ALBERT AT THE AMBER LOUNGE EVENT

In 1982, Bystedt was a film and photography student at NYU. After seeing pop art icon Andy Warhol in a Barney’s ad, she envisioned him as the ultimate male model and decided she wanted to photograph him. On a whim, Bystedt called Andy Warhol’s office, known as “The Factory”, and to her surprise, Andy himself picked up the phone. She told him about a book she was working on featuring the top male models in America, which she subsequently published, called “Not Just Another Pretty Face” (Plume/1983). After hearing about some of the famous male models she had in her roster, Andy was flattered and agreed to be pose for her. Andy’s secret desire was to be a model. Bystedt captured Warhol as he had never been seen before, posing for the camera and becoming the subject rather than the creator. Along with her photo session, she sat down with Andy for a candid interview where they discussed everything from fashion and politics, to Andy’s personal hopes, dreams, and icons. Commenting on the state of the world, Warhol told Bystedt, “In this country right now, since there’s no war on, everybody’s a beauty. It’s really scary. They’re here because they are not in the army.”

Bystedt kept her Andy Warhol photographs hidden from the world until now. Their sensational debut and the acquisition of one of the first of her rare prints by The Prince of Monaco has set the stage for collectors and fans of Andy Warhol all over the world. Bystedt is offering 44″ x 44″ limited edition prints and 24″ x 24″ box sets of “The Lost Warhols” that include ten unique prints as well as a proof sheet and quote sheets from her interview with Andy.

Please visit www.KarenBystedt.com to view “The Lost Warhols” Collection.

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.

NEVER BEFORE SEEN MODELING PORTRAITS OF ANDY WARHOL DEBUT; FIRST PRINT ACQUIRED BY PRINCE OF MONACO

PHOTOS BY KAREN BYSTEDT 

Last May Prince Albert II of Monaco won the bid on the first limited edition print of Karen Bystedt’s “The Lost Warhols” (www.KarenBystedt.com) collection at the Amber Lounge Grand Prix Charity Fashion Event. The winning bid came in at 32,000 Euros (over $40,000 USD). Bystedt’s photographs, taken at “The Factory” in New York when she was 19 years old, are some of the most unique images ever captured of the famous pop artist.

THE LOST WARHOLS – COURTESY OF KAREN BYSTEDT – IMAGE BOUGHT BY PRINCE ALBERT AT THE AMBER LOUNGE EVENT

In 1982, Bystedt was a film and photography student at NYU. After seeing pop art icon Andy Warholin a Barney’s ad, she envisioned him as the ultimate male model and decided she wanted to photograph him. On a whim, Bystedt called Andy Warhol’s office, known as “The Factory”, and to her surprise, Andy himself picked up the phone. She told him about a book she was working on featuring the top male models in America, which she subsequently published, called “Not Just Another Pretty Face” (Plume/1983). After hearing about some of the famous male models she had in her roster, Andy was flattered and agreed to be pose for her. Andy’s secret desire was to be a model. Bystedt captured Warhol as he had never been seen before, posing for the camera and becoming the subject rather than the creator. Along with her photo session, she sat down with Andy for a candid interview where they discussed everything from fashion and politics, to Andy’s personal hopes, dreams, and icons. Commenting on the state of the world, Warhol told Bystedt, “In this country right now, since there’s no war on, everybody’s a beauty. It’s really scary. They’re here because they are not in the army.”

THE LOST WARHOLS – COURTESY OF KAREN BYSTEDT

Bystedt kept her Andy Warhol photographs hidden from the world until now. Their sensational debut and the acquisition of one of the first of her rare prints by The Prince of Monaco has set the stage for collectors and fans of Andy Warhol all over the world. Bystedt is offering 44″ x 44″ limited edition prints and 24″ x 24″ box sets of “The Lost Warhols” that include ten unique prints as well as a proof sheet and quote sheets from her interview with Andy.

Visit www.KarenBystedt.com to view “The Lost Warhols” Collection.

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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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I’m so grateful to Karen Bystedt for givin’ permission to publish her two images. The framed image is the one bought by Prince Albert at the Amber Lounge event. Thank you so much Karen! R.A.