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Archive of Warhol’s Era

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In Search of an Archive of Warhol’s Era

 

During Andy Warhol’s time of popularity, Billy Name lived with Warhol, taking photos of everything and everyone in his studio. Over the seven years that he lived with Warhol, Name accumulated around 3,000 negatives depicting Warhol at work, the popular celebrities coming and going, and the overall lifestyle of Andy Warhol from 1963 to 1970. Since then, Name has been using images from the negatives to make an income. Many magazines and curators bought prints from Name because his photos gave a first hand view of Warhol’s activities, and they documented a new movement in art history. But now, with the negatives missing for nearly two years, some people fear that a piece of art history is also lost.

 

After leaving Warhol’s studio, Name held on to the negatives for a number of years. He later entrusted them to his agent, Kevin Kushel, whom he has worked with for over ten years. Kushel was responsible for managing and selling Name’s images, and Name was pleased with the arrangement. In 2007, Kushel moved from New York to California, and then to Hawaii. Name tried to contact him many times, but said that Kushel has not answered any of his pleas for images or negatives. Name also said that he even requested scans of the negatives, but Kushel did not comply. Kushel has claimed that he did comply with Name’s requests for the scans and that he is trying to get the negatives back to Name. Kushel said the negatives “are not missing” but that they are “being held captive by people who want money.”

 

Name’s new agent, Kymara Lonergan, has also asked Kushel for the negatives and their whereabouts and also received no answer. Lonergan and Name have not yet decided whether or not to file a lawsuit, which may be difficult because Name and Kushel did not have a written contract. In the meantime, Lonergan has obtained some scans of images from people who bought them from Name originally, but because Name is unsure of the number of negatives that have been scanned, his photos could be permanently lost if the negatives are not recovered. Lonergan has been told by another photography dealer that two antique dealers were trying to sell negatives they bought from an auction selling goods from a Manhattan warehouse. Since prints, not negatives, have value in the art market, this rumor is perplexing. Along with Name, many curators are hoping his negatives are recovered because “his documentation of that era is really irreplaceable.”


 

 

Ayola Translation

La Cercajo Jwi Arkivo Jwi La Warholay Eraho

Translation by Desiree Ficarra

 

Dumu la tempo jwe populerayto [1] ji Andi Warhol [2], Bili Neym kohabitits kunu Warhol ce fotografits cakwo ce cakyo jenu dyaza studio [3]. Dumu la sepa djaroy kye [4] Neym kohabitits kunu Warhol, Neym akumulwits [5] nirde [6] 3000 negativnoy kyo skildrats Warhol akew [7] pracare, la populera tcelebritoy akew venare ce ganare, ce tuta la vivajay stilo je Andi Warhol jdelu 1963 jalu 1970. Sinte [8] Neym niauzats [9] imagoy jdelu la negativnoy furu ernare aynkomnyo [10]. Multa revistoy ce kuratoroy kumprits snimekoy deru Neym kawsu dyaza fotografuroy provedits direkta visto jwe la farajoy [11] ji Warhol ce dway endokumentwits [12] nuva muvmento jenu lo artway historio [13]. Icoe nune, kawske la negativnoy niaawsentats [14] dumu nirmwende [15] dusa djaroy, sama personoy timats ke peco je artway historio teze giperdats.

 

Postke dya departits delu la warholay studio, Neym retenits la negativnoy dumu multa djaroy. Poste dya veryatits dway aru dyaza agento Kevin Kucel, kunu kyo dya nipracats dumu plusde [16] deca djaroy. Kucel responsits manedjare ce vendare la neymay imagoy, ce Neym geplatcits byu la arandjwuro. Anu 2007, Kucel traslokits delu Nu York alu Kalifornya, cpe [17] alu Hawayi. Neym tratits kontatare dyo, coe dicits ke Kucel no nirespondats pledajoy jwi imagoy [18] cay [19] negativnoy. Neym teze dicits ke dya evne rogits skanuroy jwi la negativnoy, coe Kucel no komplayits. Kucel niafirmats ke dyo komplayits la rogajoy ji Neym jwi la skanuroy [20] ce ke dyo natratats sendare la negativnoy resaru [21] Neym. Kucel dicits ke la negativnoy “no giperdats” coe ke dway “gadetenats byu personoy kyo vwelats moneo”.

 

La nuva neymay agento Kaymara Lonergan teze rogits deru Kucel la negativnoy [22] ce dwayza lwoko ce teze no recevits gerespondo [23]. Lonergan ce Neym no deje nidecidats kuye [24] natcware proseso, kyo mocats estare dificila kawske Neym cwe Kucel no havits geskriba kontrato. Dume, Lonergan niobtenats sama skanuroy jwi imagoy deru personoy kyo kumprits dway deru Neym originale, coe kawske Neym no pevnats la nombro je negativnoy kyo giskanats, dyaza fotografuroy povats geperdare permanente ci la negatvinoy no geretruvats. Lonergan gyodicats [25] byu otra fotografiay komerco ke dusa antikway komercoy [26] natratits vendare negativnoy kyo dyay kumprits deru awkconajo [27] venda jwi gekomercoy [28] delu manhatanay sklado. Kawske le snimeko ce no le negativno [29] havats vardo enu la artay merkato, tisa gerumoro perpleksats. Praytu Neym, multa kuratoroy naesperats ke dyaza negativnoy geretruvuts kawske “dyaza endokumentwajo jwi tata eraho estats nonremplacwivla”.


 


[1] tempo jwe populerayto (time of popularity) is a noun phrase using the link jwe (of (containing)) which links a noun denoting a larger entity (tempo) to a noun denoting a smaller entity (populerayto).

 

[2] populerayto ji Andi Warhol (popularity of Andy Warhol) is a noun phrase using the link ji (of (as subject)) which links the object (populerayto) to its subject (Andi Warhol).

 

[3] cakyo jenu dyaza studio (everyone in his studio) is a noun phrase using the link jenu formed from the preposition enu (in).

 

[4] kye (that, when) is a relative adverb that has many translations, but that meaning is clarified by the noun that precedes it. In this case, it can be translated as ‘when’ or ‘that.’

 

[5] akumulwits (accumulated) is a causative transitive verb form belonging to the intransitive/transitive verb pair akumul(y/w)are (to accumulate / to cause to accumulate).

 

[6] nirde (about) is a quantifier modifier which converts an exact number to a range.

 

[7] akew (in the act of) is a preposition that describes the object in the act of doing something.

 

[8] sinte (since then) is an adverb form of the preposition sintu (since).

 

[9] niauzats (has been using) is the perfect progressive tense of the verb uzare (to use).

 

[10] aynkomnyo (income) is a noun derived from the intransitive verb belonging to the intransitive/transitive verb pair komn(y/w)are (to turnover (in finance)/ to (cause to) turnover (in finance)).

 

[11] visto jwe la farajoy (view of activities) is a noun phrase using the link jwe (of (containing)) which links the noun denoting a larger entity (visto) to a noun denoting a smaller entity (farajoy).

 

[12] endokumentwits (documented) is a causative verb derived from the compound adjective endokumenta (in a document) by using the suffix -w- (to cause to be).

 

[13] lo artway historio (art history) is a noun phrase using the collective generic article lo (the (collective)). It also uses the Type II relational adjective artway (of (as object) art).

 

[14] niaawsentats (have been missing) is the perfect progressive tense of the verb awsentare (to be missing).

 

[15] nirmwende (nearly) is a quantifier modifier which converts an exact number to a range.

 

[16] plusde (more than) is a quantifier modifier which converts an exact number to a range (more than, less than, approximately, etc.).

 

[17] cpe (and then) is a connective that can also be translated as ce poste (and afterward). It indicates that the two connected events occurred in sequence.

 

[18] pledajoy jwi imagoy (pleas for images) is a noun phrase using the link jwi (of (as direct object)) which links an action (pledajoy) to the object of that action (imagoy). Note that English uses the preposition ‘for’ where Ayola uses ‘of.’

 

[19] cay (and/or) is a connective that indicates inclusive alteration.

 

[20] la rogajoy ji Neym jwi la skanuroy (Name’s requests for the scans) is a noun phrase using the link ji (of (as subject)) to link the object (rogajoy) to its subject (Neym).The noun phrase also uses the link jwi (of (as direct object)) which links the doer of an action (Neym) to the object of that action (skanuroy). Note that English uses the preposition ‘for’ where Ayola uses ‘of.’

 

[21] resaru (back to) is a preposition with the specific meaning ‘to or in a previous condition or state.’

 

[22] rogits deru Kucel la negativnoy (asked Kushel for the negatives) is a phrase that uses the preposition deru (from (source)) in front of Kucel instead of negativnoy, which shows a different sentence construction from that used in English.

 

[23] gerespondo (response) is the derived object noun of the verb respondare (to respond (to make a reply)) and means response (thing responded).

 

[24] kuye (whether) is a clausal word that is non-committal about the truth of the following subordinate clause.

 

[25] gyodicats (has been told) is an indirect object passive verb formed with the perfective indirect object passive prefix gyo-, which is distinct from the perfective direct object passive prefix gi-.

 

[26] antikway komercoy (antique dealers) is a noun phrase using the Type II relational adjective antikway (of (as object) antiques).

 

[27] awkconajo (auction) is the event abstraction noun for the verb awkconare (to auction).

 

[28] awkconajo venda jwi gekomercoy (auction selling goods) is an noun phrase using the trailing adjective venda (selling) and the link jwi (of (as direct object)) which links the doing of an action (venda) to the object of that action (gekomercoy).

 

[29] le snimeko ce no le negativno (prints and not negatives) is a noun phrase with two examples of the use of the generic article le, which means ‘the typical.’

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