Now it seems only apt that a field of flowers would be the location for a shoot featuring Andy Warhol and one of his earlier prints for his “Flowers” series, doesn’t it?
One fine day back in 1964, Warhol and his friends, writer/actor Taylor Mead, John William Kennedy, trooped to Flushing in Queens, New York to shoot what is now known as the Andy Warhol Flower Series. While most of the photos are portraits of Andy with an early version of “Flowers” and surrounded by black-eyed Susans, a few of them showcased the artist in candid poses with Taylor!
Meanwhile, Andy was said to have created the “Flowers” series following the advice of his friend Henry Geldzahler. The prints were showcased in 1964 at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York and at the Galerie Sonnabend in Paris the following year. As the story goes, Warhol used photos taken by Modern Photography executive editor Patricia Caulfield of the mandrinette, a rare brightly-coloured shrub that looks like the Chinese hibiscus, to base “Flowers” on. Patricia, upon learning that Andy used her photos without her permission, filed a lawsuit against the artist. A legal action certainly would have tarnished the reputation of Warhol and his newly-launched art work; however, the parties eventually agreed on a cash settlement.