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The Silver Factory Man – Billy Name (1940 – 2016)

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Andy Warhol The Factory New York

Billy Name by Stephen Shore

Billy Linich was working as a waiter in a popular dessert café in Manhattan called Serendipity 3 (Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy were regulars) when he met Andy Warhol for the first time in 1959. A few years later they met again when Warhol turned up at one of Billy’s “Hairdressing Parties” (his father was a barber by trade and he’d cut hair for free to anyone who turned up). Billy had trained as a set-designer and had decorated his flat completely silver using foil and paint (“I even painted the silverware silver”). Warhol loved it and invited Linich to do something similar to the old hat factory he had acquired on East 47th Street. It was a big job so he asked to move in and he and Andy became lovers.

Sean O’Hagen in the Guardian wrote:

Linich was overseeing the everyday running of the Factory. “I was the foreman and I made things operate. I took photographs and I kept my eye on Andy.” Linich happened on his Warholian pseudonym while filling out the first line of an official form and simply reversing the instruction “Name: Billy”.

Andy Warhol The Factory New York

Detail of ‘Edie Sedgwick, screen test’, 1965. © Billy Name

Andy Warhol in his diary wrote:

[Billy] had a manner that inspired confidence. He gave the impression of being generally creative, he dabbled in lights and papers and artists materials…I picked up a lot from Billy.

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Andy Warhol carrying a Brillo Box sculpture with Billy Name’s cat at the Factory, 1964. Photograph: Billy Name

Andy Warhol once wrote:

Why he loved silver so much I don’t know. But it was great. It was the perfect time to think silver. It was the future, the space age, and also the past, the silver screen and old Hollywood. Maybe more than anything, silver was narcissism — mirrors were backed with silver.

Andy Warhol The Factory New York

Edie Sedgwick and Bibbe Hansen at The Factory by Billy Name, 1965

 

Andy Warhol The Factory New York

Andy Warhold Brillo silver Factory, photo by Billy Name 1964

Andy Warhol The Factory New York

Edie Sedgwick does Gerard Malanga’s hair in the movie Haircut by Billy Name

 

Andy Warhol The Factory New York

Lou Reed by Billy Name

 

Nico by Billy Name, 1966

Nico by Billy Name, 1966

 

Andy Warhol The Factory New York

Steve Schapiro Andy Warhol Edie Sedgwick New York, 1965. Photo by Billy Name

 

Andy Warhol The Factory New York

Susan Bottomley, International Velvet #1, 1966

 

Andy Warhol The Factory New York

Andy Warhol with silver Liz Taylor, silver Elvis, and Electric Chair paintings, 1964

 

Andy Warhol The Factory New York

Andy Warhol with giant Baby Ruth bars, 1966.

 

Andy Warhol The Factory New York

David Dalton, Chuck Wein, Edie Sedgwick, Gerard Malanga , Billy Name (ground) , and Larry Latreille watching Andy spray painting the image of a flower, The Factory, New York, March 1965 © Photo David Mc Cabe

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Billy Name, Untitled 1964

Andy Warhol The Factory New York

Billy Name self-portrait

Andy Warhol The Factory New York

NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 6: American photographer, filmmaker and lighting designer Billy Name (born William Linich) at the opening reception of the exhibit “The Warhol Look: Glamour, Style, Fashion” at the Whitney Museum of American Art on November 6, 1997 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)

Thats the story of my life
Thats the difference between wrong and right
But, billy said, both those words are dead
Thats the story of my life

The Story of My Life MORRISON, STERLING / TUCKER, MAUREEN / CALE, JOHN / REED, LOU