“Billy was the one Andy counted on.”, R.I.P Billy Name…
Billy Name, the photographer who immortalized the silver madness of Warhol’s factory in the 1960s, died on July 18, 2016. He was 76 years old.
The Huffington Post are reporting that “Milk Studios, a New York City gallery that has shown Name’s work, confirmed news of his passing. Song Chong wrote in an email to The Huffington Post: “It is with tremendous sadness that we would like to announce that our dear friend and iconic artist Billy Name has begun his next great adventure. We mourn the loss of this important cultural figure and are thankful to have had the opportunity to work with him.”
The gallery requested to keep the cause of his death private out of respect for Name’s family. further details via Pricilla Frank at The Post….
Further reading via Tommie Sunshine’s Instagram feed
tommiesunshine ” Here is Billy Linich aka Billy Name & one of Andy Warhol’s Superstars. Gerard Malanga shot this photo of the exact moment he left Warhol’s Factory behind him. He’s responsible for making The Factory silver & took just about every good photo of Warhol & Co. at their creative peak in the Sixties. He died today in a nursing home in the Hudson Valley & those photos he took will now be bought by investment bankers & children of rich people who never once saw a glimpse of the genius he possessed or was surrounded by. When people die you can buy what they left behind but you will never be who they are. Not even close. No matter how hard you try. I’m engulfed by grief by his passing. I don’t know how much more pain & loss I can take this year. I love you Billy Name, all us Superstars do. You captured a life we all wish we lived & for that we are forever in your debt. Sleep well. Dream well.”