Welcome to our Billy Name (Linich) section. It includes a wide range of photographs, screenprints and a few vintage prints. Some are signed, some are not, all are authenticated by Billy's Estate. We try to provide prints for all budgets, but we also ensure that each piece has the integrity to be at home in a great collection.
Billy Linich (aka Name) (February 22, 1940 - July 18 2016), was an American photographer, lighting artist and mystic who was a leading collaborator and supporter of Andy Warhol.
Name began his career as a lighting designer in the theatre in 1960, as an apprentice with the Black Mountain College contingency in New York. He co-designed the lighting for the Spoleto Festival and later designed lighting at Judson Memorial Church, New York Poets Theatre and the Living Theatre, illuminating the likes of dancers Lucinda Childs, Yvonne Rainer, Merce Cunningham and Fred Herko. Name also worked under La Monte Young in the group Theatre of Eternal Music, along with founder members of the Velvet Underground John Cale and Angus Maclise.
Name met Warhol at Serendipity 3, where he was a waiter, and then later again through Ray Johnson. Johnson brought Andy to one of Linich's haircutting parties in his East Village apartment and Warhol saw that Billy had covered his walls in silver foil and asked him to do his new studio in the same way. Thus the Factory was transformed into the Silver Factory. Name significantly influenced Warhol's work. As Warhol would later explain: "[He] had a manner that inspired confidence. He gave the impression of being generally creative, ...I picked up a lot from Billy."
A true dilettante Billy took up photography when Warhol gave him a camera, bringing an Abstract Expressionist approach to his high contrast images. When he left the Factory, he left behind his photographs, books and the paintings Warhol had set aside for him which, had he retrieved, would have made him a wealthy man.