Published on October 16th, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin0
Karen Bystedt’s The Lost Warhols
Feature Photo: Andy Warhol from The Lost Warhols
© KAREN BYSTEDT
We are all familiar with the iconic pop artist that transformed the art world of the 1960s and beyond, Andy Warhol. Karen Bystedt, a celebrity photographer and filmmaker, has recently brought Warhol back to life with her recently revived collection, The Lost Warhols, featuring ten 40×40 portraits of the artist posing for the camera. Bystedt collaborated with pop artists Peter Tunney, Tonia Calderon, and Speedy Graphito on several prints, whose additions of silver paint, scripted text, and graffiti bring a Warhol-esque pop art spin on Bystedt’s classic black and white portraits.
ANDY WARHOL WITH GRAFFITI © KAREN BYSTEDT & SPEEDY GRAPHITO
Why are they named The Lost Warhols you might wonder? Bystedt lost the negatives of the Warhol portraits for nearly three decades after they were shot in 1982. After a personal and artistic awakening in 2011, she decided to search for them again. To all of our luck, she located the negatives that would soon reveal a new side of Warhol to the public. When asked in an interview for the Examiner, she claimed that her strength as a portrait photographer is creating a safe space for her models to be whom they truly are. “I think Andy is very engaged in my photos. He’s looking right at me, he really played out his modeling fantasy, and I allowed him the space to be comfortable in that,” proclaimed Bystedt.
BRAD PITT © KAREN BYSTEDT
Aside from her latest masterpiece The Lost Warhols, Bystedt is known for having photographed Hollywood stars before they rose to fame, including Johnny Depp, Josh Brolin, Brad Pitt, Patrick Swayze, Keanue Reeves, and Sandra Bullock. Bystedt has a particular eye for male models, and as she stated to the Examiner, “We spend so much time in modern culture looking at beauty in regards to something feminine, but I always thought there was beauty in the masculine. Even as a child, when my family traveled to Florence, I was so enamored with Michelangelo’s David. I’ve always found beauty in men.” To learn more about the artist’s inspiration, see the full interview.
Bystedt’s work is now on display at the Guy Hepner Gallery in West Hollywood, California and at the Iris Gallery in Aspen, Colorado. Follow Bystedt on Facebook and Tumblr for information on upcoming gallery showings.