Before Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert, Andy Warhol superstars Ultra Violet and Taylor Mead camped, stripped, made movies and headlines. They are reunited at this year’s ArtHamptons, for the exhibit of never-before-seen pictures by William Kennedy of Warhol and Robert Indiana in the '60s, and the related documentary, “Full Circle: Before They Were Famous.”
Violet and Mead sat in front of the exhibit at Thursday night's ArtHamptons opening in Bridgehampton, wincing at photographers. “She doesn’t like flashbulbs,” Mead told us. “They burn my soul,” Violet explained.
Do they have stories from the Kennedy photo shoot, in which they are featured?
“We have no memory of anything,” Ultra Violet deadpanned, and turned to Taylor. “Do you remember anything?”
“No, not really, no recollection whatsoever,” he confirmed.
Screening of “Full Circle,” at ArtHamptons Theatre: Saturday, July 9 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and Sunday, July 10, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Ultra Violet and Taylor Mead will be part of the panel discussion following screenings; they will be signing limited-edition prints of them photographed by William John Kennedy in 1964, Saturday, 4 to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 2 p.m. Additionally, Ultra Violet will be signing copies of her international bestseller, “Famous for 15 Minutes, My Years with Andy Warhol,” at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Above, Warhol stars Taylor Mead and Ultra Violet at Thursday night's ArtHamptons opening. The sweeping international art fair runs through Sunday, July 10, at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton. (July 7, 2011)