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Zebra One Gallery

Full Circle - Andy Warhol Exhibition; 1 Perrin's Ct, London NW3; 22nd Feb--12th Mar; free

Full Circle photographer, William John Kennedy documented his friend Warhol from the early 60s, at the crucial moment when the iconic artist’s career was just launching, and this rare body of images has become one the most recognised and important collections of Warhol photographs ever discovered.

To mark the 33rd anniversary of Warhol’s death on 22 February Hampstead’s Zebra One Gallery will unveil “Full Circle”;15 of the most important images from Kennedy’s body of work in the UK, supported by a full- length documentary, Andy Warhol: Full Circle, telling the story of these remarkable photos, with insight from the characters who were part of the sixties New York art scene as well as art historians reflecting on the significance of the shots.

Zebra One Gallery owner, Gabrielle Du Plooy said: “We are so excited about sharing these important images and the documentary with the UK. “Warhol’s identity was shrouded in mystery, behind his wig and glasses. But Kennedy’s photographs and documentary give a unique and important insight not just into the icon himself, but into that extraordinary time before he achieved his 15 minutes – and counting – of fame and a pivotal moment in art history.”

The London exhibition includes five colour and ten black and white images, providing a fresh perspective of Warhol and his work when he was on the cusp of changing the face of art. Remarkably, the negatives were stored in a box, gathering dust for nearly five decades, until Kennedy rediscovered them and worked with fine art publishing house KIWI to introduce them to the world, leading to Zebra One Gallery’s remarkable UK exhibition of these images.

Kennedy has given us some of the most joyous and insightful images of Andy Warhol ever created. “The photographs are both engaging and rare, and they most definitely depict the artist at a pivotal moment, just before his career exploded. Now the Andy Warhol Museum is delighted to be involved in bringing these images to a wider public.

More info: www.zebraonegallery.com/full-circle

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