by Billy Name
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Billy Name (Linich) was the primary documentarian of Andy Warhol's world and the characters and events that surrounded it. Name managed to capture, with his camera, almost everyone who walked through the door of Warhol's Factory, immortalizing forever a most unusual cast of characters and giving the world a valuable cultural and historical gift. As a resident at the Factory, from 1963 to 1970, Billy Name was always present to shoot photographs when Andy requested and to record, on his own, the antics; parties and theatrics that took place during a time when the world was coping with tremendous unrest and social change. One cannot view these photographs without sensing Billy Name's perception that the art taking place before his eyes was, and would forever be considered, the cornerstone for a new, emerging counter-culture.
Notwithstanding his affiliation with the late Warhol, there is much more to Billy Name than his Factory photographs. Billy Name is a true character. He is an active participant in the exhibition of his work which has been shown in galleries and exhibitions around the world. He is interested in and knowledgeable about astrology and mysticism - a carryover from his reclusive period at the Factory, when he read and practised, either alone or with Lou Reed and Ondine, who shared his interests in these subjects. Physically, and at first glance, Billy Name stands out with his long beard, military fatigues and handpainted jackets. He is easy to be with; a wonderful raconteur and a positive, energized human being.
Billy Name's photographs appear on "Velvet Underground" covers and Nico's "Chelsea Girl" and they are the subject of two books titled "Billy Name: Stills From The Warhol Films" and "Andy Warhol's Factory Photos: Factory Foto by Billy Name". One of Name's pictures of Andy will be issued by the U.S. Postal Service, along with the Andy Warhol commemorative stamp. Billy Name's work will also be featured in the "I Shot Andy Warhol" show at Fahey/Klein..
Billy Name exhibited a collection of his Factory photographs at Audart's "Ten Years After: The Warhol Factory" in February of 1997. The exhibition, curated by Dr. Debra Miller, commemorated the tenth anniversary of Andy Warhol's death. At midnight on February 7th, 1997 (the Opening night), a headcount of 5000 had been made and the exhibition was viewed for seven weeks, on a daily basis, by visitors to the Audart Gallery.
(written by Audrey Regan - Creative Director - Audart)
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