In conjunction with PhotoNOLA 2015, Boyd | Satellite is exhibiting work by Billy Name, resident photographer and archivist of Andy Warhol’s Factory. Billy’s comprehensive collection of black and white photographs from this period (1964-68) are one of the most important photographic documents of any single artist in history. Billy lived in a tiny closet at the Factory. He was responsible for the legendary ‘silverizing’ of the space using aluminium paint and aluminium foil to complete the installation. When Andy gave Billy a Pentax Honeywell 35mm camera, he took on the role of resident photographer and archivist.’
“‘Billy’s photos were the only thing that ever came close to capturing the feel of the 1960s Silver Factory.’” -Andy Warhol
45 years ago, December 1970, Billy Name was living in New Orleans on his way to San Francisco after leaving the Factory. It is fitting to celebrate this anniversary with Name’s first solo show in New Orleans.
The show will open Saturday, December 5, with a reception from 6-9 coordinated with the other galleries and the Arts Council’s Luna Fete event. The opening event will have a silver theme and feature music from Trax records, Rachel Cain and The Velvet Underground. The recent publication Billy Name: The Silver Age from Reel Art Press will be available.
There will also be a selection of photography in the second gallery – including work by Blake Boyd, David Chick, Todd Rennie and Andres Serrano.
Images: Bob Dylan, Velvet Undergound by Billy Name