Karen Bystedt x Chris Brown "LATE NIGHT" The Lost Warhols Collection
Karen Bystedt and Chris Brown "LATE NIGHT" 2015
Collaboration with artists Karen Bystedt (Photography) and Chris Brown (Artwork).
Silk Screen, Framed
Dimensions 32 x 32 in
Limited Edition of 240
Signed by both artists on Recto, includes a certificate of authenticity.
ABOUT ARTIST CHRIS BROWN
Christ Brown (born May 5, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. Brown is one of the most successful R&B singers of his generation, having often been referred to by many contemporaries as the "King of R&B". His musical style has been defined as polyhedric, with his R&B being characterized by several influences from other genres, mainly hip hop and pop music. His lyrics develop predominantly over themes of sex, romance, fast life, desire, regret, and emotional conflict. Brown has gained a cult following and wide comparisons to Michael Jackson for his stage presence. Brown has sold over 197 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling music artists. He is also one of the highest-grossing African American touring artists of all time.
Aside from his musical career, he was noted for markedly producing graffiti art. His visual works have been described as "manga-inspired" and "abstract". Brown said that he painted since his childhood, saying "my first approach with it was painting school walls" saying that he's always been captivated by the fact that drawing and painting "gives you the chance to express yourself in whatever way, showing to the world your own dimension". Brown has produced street art under the pseudonym Konfused, partnering with street artist Kai to produce works for the Miami Basel. The singer painted the buildings of different radio stations such as Hot 97. In 2015 he worked on some of the walls of The Grammy Museum, mixing his spray paint drawings with images of James Brown, Prince, Michael Jackson and himself. Brown has made graffiti works for different cities worldwide, including Los Angeles, London and Amsterdam. His painting and dancing skills were shown at the same time when Brown, partnering with Spotify's Rap Caviar, painted Heartbreak on a Full Moon's album cover, mostly from dancing around the canvas. In 2020 he painted a mural in memory of Kobe Bryant.
ABOUT ARTIST KAREN BYSTEDT
Karen Bystedt is an internationally acclaimed, highly prolific photographer and mixed media artist currently based in Miami, Florida. She has published four photography books including Not Just Another Pretty Face (NAL, 1983), The New Breed (HOLT, 1989), Before They Were Famous (GPG, 1994) and They Dared To Dream (OSLO PROD, 1998). She has photographed film stars and rock and roll icons such as Slash, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Drew Barrymore, Eddie Van Halen, and Jon Bon Jovi. Her work is exhibited in museums across the globe including The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg, The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, and The Armenian Museum of Modern Art., and her images have appeared in dozens of publications including Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, Connoisseur Magazine, The Peninsula Magazine, Fabrik Magazine, InStyle and People. Her work has been exhibited and sold at Art Basel at Scope, Red Dot, Art Houston, LA Art Fair, Art Hamptons, and at Port Authority in NYC.
ABOUT THE LOST WARHOLS:
In 1983, Karen Bystedt, then a young film student, cold-called Andy Warhol at Interview Magazine and asked him to pose for her book-in-progress featuring the era’s top male models. She had come across an image of the legendary artist modeling for Barney’s and hoped to capture the icon in this unique context. Warhol asked Bystedt whom else she intended to include in this book, upon hearing her answers, he swiftly agreed to join the fold. The resulting images materialize a rare and remarkable sense of vulnerability; in this portrait session, Bystedt captures a soft and submissive Warhol, a man who spoke much of beauty, and its essential mystery, and as is suggested in his rigid pose, his bewildering gaze, and simply, his participation in her project, seemingly so wanted to be seen as beautiful himself.
Bystedt included two of the thirty-six photos shot that afternoon in her book "Not Just Another Pretty Face" published by NAL, and placed the negatives in storage, where they lived untouched for twenty-five years. In 2011, Bystedt felt compelled to revisit her representations of Andy and unearth the images captured that afternoon. She was able to locate ten of her original negatives, yet time and its offspring, reality, had taken its toll on her spellbinding photographs. She dedicated the preceding four months to restoring her Andy, pixel-by-pixel, infusing new life, breath by breath, into her images.
Over the last ten years, this canon has developed and expanded; the work is definitively diverse, representing an eclectic array of artistic identities, thus promoting inclusion whilst positioning the artwork in the realm of the accessible with which Warhol himself toyed. The Lost Warhols live as a testament to the intrinsic value of eclecticism in visual perspective, honoring individuality in interpretation, and allowing the self to shine in position as part of a greater whole.
Works from The Lost Warhol collection are featured in The Andy Warhol Museum, MoMA Olso, Hearst Tower, and many other museums and private collections around the world. They have been auctioned in benefits for AMFAR, Gods Love We Deliver, and recently featured at Red Dot Art Fair for Art Basel Miami 2022.
The Lost Warhols collection has been featured in countless magazines and newspapers, including Vogue, The Times, W Magazine, Architectural Digest, Interview Magazine. NY Post, WWD, LA Weekly and The Huffington Post, among many other international publications.