photo of KIWI Arts Group gallery exterior
KIWI arts GROUP is a publishing house featuring the renowned American photographer William John Kennedy and his historic collection of Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana photographs.
K.I.W.I stands for Kennedy Indiana Warhol Initiative. Established in the UK and the USA. KIWI now represents five extraordinary, award-winning multidisciplinary artists. Kiwi Arts Group was founded in 2010 to serve as an exclusive William John Kennedy archive photographed in the early 1960s at a time when Kennedy forged a friendship with both Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana. The images capture the two artists in an unprecedented way with their soon-to-be iconic works at the seminal point of their careers and birth of the Pop Art movement. It was as if Kennedy was prescient of their unimaginable future fame. The collection includes art notables Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Marisol, Agnes Martin, Claes Oldenburg, Mario Amaya, Dorothy Miller, Henry Geldzahler, and Warhol Superstars Taylor Mead & UltraViolet Warhol Superstar.
Remarkably, the negatives were stored in a closet collecting dust for nearly 50 years. KIWI Arts Group recently published the archive as a collection of Limited Edition gelatin silver photographs and color prints, to include a collection of original photographs.
A documentary film, “Full Circle: Before They Were Famous,” (Directed by Brian Bayerl) chronicling the images’ journey from the days they were taken to the present was produced by Michael Huter in 2010. The film was created to tell the untold story of William John Kennedy’s truly historic body of work, directly from the voices that were present in the 1960s New York art scene–and today’s historians reflecting on the past. Starring the famed LOVE artist Robert Indiana, Warhol Superstars Ultra Violet and Taylor Mead, and Eric Shiner the Director of The Andy Warhol Museum.