Last Thursday (1st October), I found myself searching for a newish gallery in North Kensington where owner, Serena Morton, was exhibiting silkscreen and unique print photographs by Billy Name. I have seen his work before. It was hanged high and proud in the lobby of the Hotel Chelsea for years before her imminent demise. When all the donated, original artwork there "disappeared", Mr. Name's was amongst them.
Billy was Andy Warhol's resident interior designer, and later, photographer. You know all those photos of the Factory kids surrounded by silver walls? That was all Billy. He was not only responsible for creating The Silver Factory itself, but he later photographed some of the most enigmatic characters of the time.
It all started with a Pentax Honeywell 35mm gifted to him by Warhol.
A lot of the photographs on display I've seen before but that didn't matter. There's something indescribable about seeing any artwork up close and in person. Ask anyone who's studied art. They are easy to find -- the seemingly strange folks in galleries and museums nearly setting off alarms to get a closer look of their favorite works.
I learned through Serena that Billy wasn't in attendance to opening on 30th September. Apparently he's been quite ill. I hope that it's not too serious and he's better very soon! If you are in the area in the next couple weeks, have a stop by, view the show, and take a step back to one of the most influential times in Pop Art. I've posted info for the gallery and the exhibition below.
Billy Name: The Silver Age
30 September - 23rd October
Serena Morton II
345 Ladbroke Grove, London, W10 6AH
Monday - Friday 10-6pm | Sunday 11-4pm
All other times by appointment