Written by Adora & Teddy Behr Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00
Adora: Teddy, this month we should go to photographer William John Kennedy's exhibition of newly published silver gelatin prints of Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana. It opened at the Kiwi Gallery during the Basel Fair and will stay there until January.
Teddy: Oh, Robert Indiana! He's the one who made the famous “LOVE” sign from the '60’s! I didn't know he and Warhol were friends.
A: Andy had a lot of friends, but Robert Indiana and his lover, artist Ellsworth Kelly, were good friends of his. They just re-discovered these photos Kennedy shot back in the early 60's, one of my favorite periods. I wonder if they were listening to La Lupe while taking the pictures. I bet Andy loved her music. I think Mario Montez, who appeared in so many of his movies, turned him on to her fab music.
T: When I think of Andy's “Marilyn” and Indiana's “LOVE” sign sculpture, I see them as emblems of the '60's, when everything was about love. In fact, the Beatles song “All You Need Is Love”, is said to be inspired by Indiana's sculpture during a time when everyone was protesting the war in Vietnam and the “establishment”. I love that period too and it mirrors a little of where we are today. I'm not a big fan of the war or the “establishment” right now. And there's no argument about the importance of “LOVE”, especially the kind that we practice.
A: I know Teddy and I agree. Maybe we can get further inspired by the freshness and energy of the 60's. The show is produced by Mike Huter, Luis Canales and Jeff Wilkinson…so it's bound to be good.”
T: Great, I'll get my jacket!
The exhibition opened on Thursday, December 2nd and will remain through January 15, 2011 at:
The KIWI Gallery
1680 Michigan Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139