In 1967 William John Kennedy exhibited a single image of Andy Warhol holding the acetate he used to make his famous Marilyn paintings at a show titled Homage to Marilyn Monroe at the Sydney Janis Gallery in New York City. His now famous Warhol photograph was exhibited alongside works by Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, John Chamberlain, Salvador Dali, Willem de Kooning, Robert Indiana, Marisol, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann. After the show he tucked the negatives he captured of famous moments in the Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana and others in a box to collect dust for nearly 50 years, then went on to be a highly successful commercial photographer. Fast forward to 2015 and Kennedy's globally recognized image of Warhol/Marilyn now stands 14' tall as the focal point to the entrance of The Andy Warhol Museum
In 2007 Kennedy dusted off that box, and in 2010 KIWI Arts Group published part of the archive as a limited edition collection of gelatin silver photographs and color prints. The collection of photographs are printed by hand directly from the original negatives and color transparencies from the 60s at the same famous New York City lab where Kennedy processed them in 1963 and 1964. The first collection of Kennedy's oeuvre produced by KIWI Arts Group consists of 50 black & white and 10 color images in a limited edition of (60) each, signed by the artist.
In the Spring of 2012 KIWI Arts Group made their New York debut with Kennedy and released 20 additional color prints of Andy Warhol. Andy is playfully holding one of his first 'Flowers' paintings and was photographed in 1964 in Flushing Queens in field of flowers. Ten additional black & white images William John Kennedy captured at the MOMA (Americans 1963 show) of Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Henry Geldzahler and others were also released. Both collections were produced as a limited edition of (60) each, signed by the artist and were printed directly from the original color transparencies and negatives from the 60s.
In 2013 a specially designed aluminum box set was developed with The Andy Warhol Museum and KIWI Arts Group as a benefit edition. The portfolio contains five of Kennedy's most important Warhol images photographed in 1964 (signed by the artist), with some of Andy's most iconic work–and includes essays by museum curators and Eric Shiner the Director of the Andy Warhol Museum. Each image is placed in an individual metal sleeve, with its own essay and is housed in the aluminum box. This collection was produced in an edition of 50 and will be periodically released at special events through 2016.
In November 2015 a collection of unseen images from Kennedy's Flowers series of Warhol, and an additional thirty black & white images were released by KIWI Arts Group in London. Only (2) prints are produced by KIWI Arts Group from the original negative or color transparency from the early 60s (one print, one artist proof). The artist proofs were donated by KIWI Arts Group to the permanent collection of The Andy Warhol Museum.
The only vintage work that exists from the 60s are a few original contact sheets, to include the famous Marilyn shoot and will be released in 2016.