Christopher Makos on Andy Warhol an identity issues

Author : Inna Kosynska

Source : 112 Ukraine

July 20, "Christopher Makos: The Andy Warhol Era" exhibition opened in "Isolation" art center in Kyiv
14:15, 28 July 2017

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July 20, "Christopher Makos: The Andy Warhol Era" exhibition opened in "Isolation" art center. On this occasion, the next day, public-talk with American photographer Christopher Makos took place.

His works are stored in more than 100 museums around the world. Author of a dozen books has collaborated with Interview, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Wall Street Journal, People, Paris Match, and Genre. He shoot fashion parties of New York in the 70s, cultural revolution in Madrid, and the rising stars of Hollywood. "America's most modern photographer" – this is how American pop art artist Andy Warhol called his close friend Makos.

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The 69-year-old photographer walks into the hall in a black jacket and a dark shirt, knee-length shorts, sneakers and a small camera over his shoulder. He maneuvers between the rows, turns on the camera and photographs ... the necks of those present.

His behavior is uninhibited and his look is frank. Curator of the exhibition of Katerya Filiuk asks his, what might force him to tell lies: "I never lie! Well ... only when I have not booked a table in a restaurant, I say that I am Dr.Makos and someone from my office was supposed to book it. Most often they answer me: "Oh, of course, there must have been a mistake. We will think of something now," because no one wants to deny the doctor."

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The hall is filled with people, and the staff has to get extra chairs. The audience is very diverse: young people with brightly colored hair, photographers-beginners, and people who were accidentally passing by. Visitors scurry from one job to another, vividly exchanging information about Andy Warhol.

Disheveled Warhol in the image of a woman is starring from the walls of the gallery at the visitors. Artist Jean Michel Basquiat, who holds a globe on his shoulder, makes a focus on Africa, looks again at Andy, and this time he stretches his lips to the cheek of John Lennon...

The exhibition is divided into 2 parts: the first - a series of Altered Images - 8 works, filmed in 1981, on which Warhol tries on a female image, while remaining in men's things. Makos was inspired by a series of works by French artist Marcel Duchamp and Surrealist photographer Man Ray in 1921, where Duchamp also turned into a woman. In turn, photos with Warhol are devoted to identity problems. Today, the photographer says, the United States has the same problem.

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Makos does not like the policy of Trump, and he did not fail to recall this again: "With the arrival of the new president, we constantly ask ourselves: "Who are we? Who are Americans?" Although Makos admits that in the 1980s, the Altered Images series was not so much about identity but rather about the collaboration between two creative personalities and part-time good friends who wanted to leave the world with a common heritage.

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The second part is black-and-white photographs, the backdrop for which was the art studio of Andy Warhol, CBGB music club in Manhattan, in short, bohemian New York. They depict the period when America became a cultural figure and began to export culture to the world. In addition to Warhol, other icons of pop culture and art of the 1970s and 1980s also came into his lens: artists Keith Haring, Salvador Dali, Lisa Minelli, Mick Jagger, Debbie Harry from Blondie band and others.

The exhibition "Christopher Makos: The Andy Warhol Era" has already visited New York, London, Shanghai, Paris, Milan and other big cities. Before arriving in Kiev, the exposition decorated the walls of the Salvatore Ferragamo museum in Florence. Now Kyiv visitors have the opportunity to see the exhibition, which would stay in Kyiv until the end of September.

Finally, Makos asked those present in the hall to find on the Internet a David Bowie song and turn it on. One ... two ... three, and the song I'm afraid of Americans fills the hall. The last sounds of the song were interrupted by loud applause.

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