“In and Out of Warhol’s Orbit” at Proud Gallery in London is receiving a tremendous response from the press. Journalist Alex Rayner wrote about Nat Finkelstein’s legacy in The Guardian – and raises a very good question. (Read the piece to find out.) Our dear friend Joseph Freeman, teenage assistant to Andy Warhol at the Silver Factory, also contributes his memories to this compelling article. An extensive photo gallery is linked within the piece. The exhibition at Proud Gallery is open through June 9, 2019.
“A mythical “Zelig” of the sixties, she introduced Andy Warhol to the Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan to the Kabbalah.” Barbara Rubin was a visionary creator, one of the great untold stories and unsung heroes of the 1960s NYC cultural revolution. Filmmaker Chuck Smith brings her work and her life story to the screen in “Barbara Rubin and the Exploding NY Underground.” Within Nat Finkelstein’s Factory archive, Barbara’s creativity and charisma shines through his photos - we are so proud to help tell her story with pictures. (Elizabeth Murray Finkelstein is Associate Producer on this film.)
Gagosian Gallery brought the Factory to Paris Photo. Photographers represented in the exhibit include Richard Avedon, Brigid Berlin, Robert Mapplethrope, David McCabe, Andy Warhol, and Nat Finkelstein. The curation of photos reflects the highest level of Warhol’s artistry - through the artists with whom he surrounded himself. The brilliant writer Miss Rosen reviewed Gagosian’s exhibit for Another Man Magazine.
Nat Finkelstein’s photography is among the illustrations in Vanity Fair magazine’s December 2018 issue. The article by Mark Rozzo, “How the Campbell’s Soup Paintings Became Andy Warhol’s Meal Ticket,” is a detailed history of these well-recognized - if not always well-received - landmarks in 20th century art.
“The Velvet Underground Experience” traveled back to New York City in 2018. The exhibition, which originated at the Paris Philharmonie in 2016, brings the story home to the city where it began. The New York Times interviewed founding member John Cale at the exhibition about his memories of the band. Referring to Nat Finkelstein’s images of the VU on tour to Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Times wrote, “John Cale laughed upon seeing a photo of Nico driving the band in a banged up Winnebago. ‘She was pretty good — no tickets,’ he said of the chanteuse’s driving.”
Artsy presents a survey of several photographers whose images both captured and created the mystique of the Factory community. As participants in this image-driven art historic / cultural phenomenon, the role of the photographers cannot be underestimated. “The Photographers Who Captured the Misfits, Drag Queens, and Starlets of Warhol’s Factory” is written by Haley Weiss.
Nat Finkelstein’s photographs are featured on the Uniqlo / SPRZ NY “Silver Factory” Collection. We are HUGE fans of Uniqlo!! (The SPRZ NY artists t-shirts just might be the pinnacle of the democratization of fine art.) This collaboration between Uniqlo, the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Nat Finkelstein Estate is available around the world for Spring-Summer 2018. Three of Nat’s most iconic portraits of Andy Warhol are represented in the collection.
In honor of Edie Sedgwick’s birthday, the international online editions of Vogue published this special “Tribute to an Icon” photo gallery.
Photographs of the visionary collector Isabelle Mège are now exhibited and published for the first time by Centre d’Art Contemporain La Chapelle, Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, France. Nat Finkelstein is one of eighty photographers represented in this extraordinary (self-)portrait collection. Read about the amazing Isabelle Mège in the New Yorker article linked below: “In the course of two decades, a medical secretary in Paris persuaded scores of renowned photographers to take her picture.” It is such an honor to be part of this project.
Who knew that Andy Warhol produced more than 10,000 images of flowers? “Warhol: Flowers in the Factory” featured original silkscreens and a photo survey (including Nat Finkelstein, Dennis Hopper, Chris Makos, David McCabe and Billy Name) - all within a 15-acre tropical landscape. This innovative exhibition was curated by Carol Ockman, Ph.D. and presented by The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, February - June 2018.
Our friends at Irma Freeman Center for Imagination hosted the exhibit “Up All Night,” organized by Elizabeth Murray Finkelstein. Featuring Nat’s classic photos of young artists at work and play - the Velvet Underground and Factory scene, in contrast with living-color videos of the Limelight in 1990s NYC - the exhibition was brought to life by phenomenal live musicians. Bill O’Driscoll nails it in the Pittsburgh City Paper: “It’s fabulous — yet when occasionally the camera pulls back, most of the revelers are revealed to be wearing ordinary street clothes, and you see how anybody can make a scene.”
The photograph “Double Tambourine” is included in the exhibition “Andy Warhol, The Mechanical Art” at Caixa Forum in Barcelona, September 14 to December 31, 2017. From the official site: “The exhibition presented by la Caixa Foundation and the Museo Picasso Málaga addresses the complex work of this Pittsburgh-born artist, placing particular emphasis on the changes his oeuvre underwent over the course of his career.” With a special emphasis on repetition, we are delighted Nat’s work is represented by “Double Tambourine.”
The photograph featured on agnes b.’s Nat Finkelstein Artist T-shirt is included in the exhibition of her personal collection, “ON AIME L’ART…!!” Her philosophy as a collector and generous creative spirit is described in the W Magazine interview linked below. On aime agnes b…. we really do!
Presented at Collection Lambert, Avignon, France, July 6 - November 5, 2017.
It is such an honor to collaborate with legendary French designer and art patron agnes b! Agnes B. is an innovator and an inspiration in her steadfast support of artists and their work. And we love her collection of Artists’ T-shirts… which includes Nat Finkelstein.
From the official site, “Finkelstein’s photo of Edie Sedgwick, American actress, model, and Warhol muse, is part of agnes b.’s personal art collection. It was one of her first purchases as an art collector. She chose this photo to be printed on a T-shirt included in her Artists’ T-shirt collection!”
We are proud to contribute to the Museo Jumex exhibition, “Andy Warhol. Estrella Oscura” (June 2 - September 2, 2017). Curated by Douglas Fogle, the exhibition concept “emphasizes the utopian promises, but also the dark side of the postwar media and consumer culture.” Nat Finkelstein’s signature photo, “Silver Clouds Installation, Leo Castelli Gallery,” is prominent in the “Dark Star” exhibition catalogue. The catalogue essays are also stellar.
Special thanks to Museo Jumex in Mexico City. A pleasure and privilege to work with you!
Two Nat Finkelstein photographs are included in the epic photo book, The Street is Watching. Published by DRAGO, “The Street is Watching is a street photography anthology that brings together the most iconic images of the street from the last 40 years.” And it’s INTENSE. (An anecdote about Nat Finkelstein’s photograph of Andy Warhol in the slums is recounted in Miss Rosen’s powerful text… check it out.)
On the occasion of Photo London, Caroline Smulders presented a two-person exhibition featuring the photographs of Nat Finkelstein & Gerard Malanga. Caroline’s photos of the installation - shown at the Mayfair gallery of Britain’s foremost designer, Paul Smith - are linked below. Gorgeous!
Galerie Caroline Smulders represents the photographs of Nat Finkelstein at Photo Basel 2016. “Switzerland´s first international art fair solely dedicated to photography” takes place during Art Basel week, June 15 - 19. Caroline received tremendous attention for her Photo London showcase “Music and Poetry Never Die” - we’re thrilled to bring the work to Basel.
Nat Finkelstein’s photography is represented at Photo London 2016 by Galerie Caroline Smulders. Caroline’s showcase “MUSIC AND POETRY NEVER DIE” also includes the works of John Cohen, Lynn Goldsmith, Françoise Janice, and our friends Gerard Malanga and Marcia Resnick. The selection is curated by Aline Pujo.
*** Artnet lists Caroline Smulders as “best selection” at Photo London!
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of “The Velvet Underground & Nico,” the Paris Philharmonie hosts The Velvet Underground New York Experience. Over fifty of Nat Finkelstein’s photographs of the VU are included in this historic exhibition - many never-before-seen. Nat’s work is also included in the exhibition catalogue, a gorgeous publication. Both the exhibition and catalogue showcase the extraordinary individuals - musicians, writers, visual artists - who contributed to the Velvet Underground legacy. It is an amazing honor to participate. Exhibition continues through August 2016.
“Warhol Unlimited” runs October 2015 through February 2016 at the Musée d’Art moderne, Paris. A corridor of the exhibition is dedicated previously unseen images by Nat Finkelstein illustrating the Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol, and The Factory, as large-format contact sheet reproductions. Several photographs by Nat Finkelstein are included in the exhibition catalogue, as well.
Nat Finkelstein’s photograph “Kellie Screen Test” is featured in the Frye Art Museum exhibition “Andy Warhol: 12 Screen Tests.” As a mural-size installation, the image illustrates the “real life” experience of the Factory filmmaking process. The Frye Art Museum in Seattle was founded to be free for everyone - we are happy to participate in its visionary mission! “Andy Warhol: 12 Screen Tests” runs through September 13, 2015.
Nat Finkelstein’s photography is included in the exhibition “Warhol Underground” at the Centre Pompidou-Metz. This experiential exhibit focuses on Andy Warhol’s working relationship with music during the Silver Factory era.