About the Exhibition
Through his photography, highly acclaimed American photographer Christopher Makos documented the life and career of one of the 20th century’s most significant artists, Andy Warhol. These photographs are a window to a period of extraordinary artistic creativity in New York, the United States, and the world.
The iconic works of Christopher Makos reflect the reach and importance of contemporary American art over the last five decades. His photographs have been shown in museums and galleries around the world.
The 25 giclee prints in this exhibition document the 1980s in America and Germany, particularly the generation of New York artists and musicians who came to fame then. Makos had a column in Warhol’s magazine Interview, where many of these images first appeared. Most of the Berlin images were taken during Makos’ and Warhol’s trips to Germany during this period. These Makos images reflect the very rich cultural texture of this period on both sides of the Atlantic.
Photo: Elizabeth Taylor © Christopher Makos
About Christopher Makos
Christopher Makos was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, grew up in California, and moved to New York City after high school. He met Andy Warhol at the Whitney Museum in New York, at the opening of an exhibition of Warhol’s paintings. In 1977, Christopher’s book White Trash was published. Warhol was impressed and asked Makos to be the art director of his book Exposures. An office was set up for Makos at Warhol’s 860 Broadway factory and the two became friends. Warhol was a frequent subject of Makos’ portraits in several formal studio sessions and countless casual settings. Makos advised Warhol on his photography, and they were travel companions on Warhol’s frequent trips to Europe and Asia. Warhol called Makos “the most modern photographer in America.”
Insights into the exhibition "From A New Yorker's Perspective / Photography by Christopher Makos"
Exhibition poster "From A New Yorker's Perspective / Photography by Christopher Makos"
Liza Minnelli and John Lennon, NYC, 1978
Liza Minnelli on the day of her photo shoot with Andy Warhol. John Lennon dropped by.
Mick Jagger, Montauk, NY, 1977
In 1977 the Rolling Stones rehearsed for their US tour at Warhol’s estate in Montauk. It was in Montauk where he took this photo of Mick Jagger.
Andy American Flag, Madrid, 1982
Andy Warhol took this picture during a photo session with a Spanish photographer. Christopher Makos took the lead and took this picture.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, NYC, 1984
During a photo shoot with the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, Christopher Makos found an inflatable globe in the studio and asked Basquiat to hold it up to the camera, with the African continent facing forward.
Portrait of Christopher Makos.
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From Sunday, July 5, 2020 until Wednesday, March 31, 2021.
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