Karen Bystedt, right, with designer Chris Gelinas at Guerilla Atelier. Karen is wearing a dress from Chris's CG collection.
As of Friday, June 12, 2015
Andy Warhol’s memory will continue to burn bright if Karen Bystedt has anything to do with it.
In 2014, she was part of a Warhol mural project. It placed a giant portrait of the influential artist on a wall on the 100 North block of Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles.
On June 11, Bystedt, a photographer, exhibited Lost Warhols: The Bare Images. It was a gallery show of her unique portraits of Andy Warhol, at Guerilla Atelier at 427 S. Hewitt St. in downtown Los Angeles.
The project started when Bystedt cold-called Warhol at his offices of Interview magazine, and asked him if he would be interested for posing for photographs like a model. The result? Bystedt’s intimate portraits of Warhol wearing a Perry Ellis jacket and holding an American flag. The gallery show also featured Bystedt’s collaborations with artists Adrienne Trewolla, Juan Justicia and Couto Bros.