Laura Levine

Laura Levine

Warhol: Dylan to Duchamp

JUNE 4, 2010
Keith Haring in his studio, NYC, 1983 © Laura Levine

Opening this weekend in East Hampton - I'm pleased to be included in the photo exhibition Warhol: Dylan to Duchamp, at the Eric Firestone Gallery.

The show is a major survey of photographs of Andy Warhol, his cohorts, collaborators and visitors, many from the Factory days. Represented are the Velvet Underground, Edie Sedgwick and the Factory crowd, as well as Bob Dylan, Debbie Harry, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Keith Haring, among others.

Photographers: Bob Adelman, Cecil Beaton, Peter Beard, Bob Broder, Ronnie Cutrone, Nat Finkelstein, Carl Fischer, Michael Halsband, Dennis Hopper, Eric Kroll, Annie Leibovitz, Laura Levine, Charles Littler, Christopher Makos, Gerard Malanga, Robert Mapplethorpe, Fred W. McDarrah, Patrick McMullan, Ugo Mulas, Billy Name, Helmut Newton, Anton Perich, Kate Rudin, Francesco Scavullo, Editta Sherman, Ronn Spencer, Chris Stein, Charles Steiner, Michael Tighe, Santi Visalli.
Lou Reed and John Cale, NYC, 1989 © Laura Levine

I've got two photographs in the show:

Keith Haring in his studio, NYC, 1983 (an original vintage print). Back in 1983 I spent a couple of days with Keith, photographing him for a feature for People Magazine, of all places. I shot thirteen rolls altogether - Keith in his studio, in his apartment, drawing in the subway, even creating a large piece from beginning to end. We had a great time, and in fact he asked me to shoot some portraits of him and his boyfriend, Juan Dubose, to trade for a painting which he later made for me. (Keith is actually one of the main reasons I picked up a paintbrush for the first time and started to paint, but that's another story for another time.)

Lou Reed and John Cale, NYC, 1989. After many years of estrangement, it took Warhol's death to bring Reed and Cale back together to record Songs for Drella, a concept album in honor of/about Warhol. I was hired to shoot their portrait for the publicity session for the album's release. It took us a while to get going, but once they saw (and approved of) a Polaroid of the "flashlight under the chin" lighting effect, it was all systems go. They were so pleased, they even signed my Velvet Underground banana album after the shoot was over!

This is the debut exhibition in Firestone's new East Hampton gallery space. (They're also based in Tucson, Arizona).

Warhol: Dylan to Duchamp
June 5 - July 7, 2010
Eric Firestone Gallery
4 Newtown Lane
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 604-2386
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