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Andy Warhol Looks Down From High on the Sunset Strip for the Holidays

November 15, 2013 by Fabrik Editor in Art, Featured with 0 Comments

“I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic,” said Andy Warhol. As an artist, Warhol had a unique, heightened awareness of the fleeting beauty of time, place, youth. He loved the power of media, film and advertising to catapult even the most ordinary of images to 15 minutes, of stratospheric fame in the spotlight. Artist-photographer Karen Bystedt has been recognized for this same gift. Bystedt met Andy as she captured rising stars via photography like Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Sandra Bullock before they were famous, and spotted Warhol when he modeled for a Barney’s ad. The West Hollywood Arts & Culture Affairs Commission, in conjunction with the Art Goes Electric Organization, devoted to providing service and support for artists; has selected Karen Bystedt as artist-of-the-month.Travel Tea Sets
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Andy Warhol

Andy Stars and Stripes with Blue Drip By Karen Bystedt & Chris Saunders

During the entire month of November, Bystedt’s Andy Warhol portraits are being projected on the giant Videotron above the Key Club on the Sunset Strip (9039 Sunset Blvd., between San Vicente and Doheny St.). The enormous screen will feature eight of her iconic, colorful, Warhol portraits that rotate for 20 hours a day on the digital billboard. Bystedt has chosen some of Los Angeles’ favorite pop-surrealism, emerging artists to paint over her photographic images.

“I’m using my photographs as a canvass, from which different artists can work out their interpretations on my images and create an art synergy…with each artist reinventing Andy,” said Bystedt. “In essence, it is replicating and refreshing what Warhol himself did with his (art) “Factory” in NYC, with photography, film and painting, allowing a group of diverse artists to develop, evolve and build off of each other’s ideas.”

Included in the Warhol Videotron show are collaborations with Speedy Graphito, Bill Barminski and Chris Saunders. Individually, these artists had well-received mixed media pieces displayed this year at the Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills with Bystedt, and are recognized in Los Angeles and nationwide as acclaimed up and coming artists with signature styles. Bystedt’s future shows include LA Art Fair, Lab Art and Iris Gallery in Aspen, CO in January, 2014.

Andy Warhol

Andy Disco By Karen Bystedt & Varda Hardy

“Candidly, as the ultimate scene kid, producer, artist and media master, we’re confident Andy would be pleased to be overseeing Hollywood for the holidays, were he here today,” said artist Bill Barminski. “It’s an honor to keep his legacy fresh by folding

in modern approaches and techniques.”

Bystedt has sold her photographs of Andy Warhol to Prince Albert of Monaco, where her work was auctioned off by Sharon Stone at an AMFAR event, and to Swedish media mogul Mats Wahlstorm, owner of the Puro Group Brand, amongst many others. Karen rocked the contemporary art world with the introduction of “The Lost Warhols,” at Photo LA 2013. The body of work was quickly selected to headline the Month of Photography in Los Angeles Show, at The Robert Berman Gallery, in Bergmont Station. Her work is in the permanent collections of The Andy Warhol Museum, The Hearst Foundation, Prince Albert of Monaco and Tomasso Buti, among others. The artist-photographer currently resides in West Hollywood, California; her work is available at Lawrence Cantor Gallery of Fine Art in Los Angeles. She has also published the following books: Not Just Another Pretty Face (1983), The New Breed (1988), Before They Were Famous (1992) and They Dared to Dream (2009).

Prints of Karen Bystedt’s work can be purchased from online gallery ArtCapitol.com.

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