Christopher Makos Photography Exhibition


 

Photo exhibit by the American artist CHRISTOPHER MAKOS

at the Residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Germany


Message from Christopher:Christopher Makos Well, I’d like to talk a little bit about the each of the photos. I was really pleased when I heard this exhibition was to come about…Especially in the residence which is very special and so many important exhibitions have been shown there. For me, it was an opportunity to show an aspect of America that no longer is around. It’s been a real treat. I’ve enjoyed it and I hope the viewer enjoys it also.

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The Pictures
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1. Andy Warhol, American Flag, Madrid, 1982
Andy Warhol, American Flag, Madrid, 1982 Andy was being photographed by a Spanish photographer. Christopher “took over” the shoot and got this image.

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2. Jean Michel Basquiat, NYC, 1984
Jean Michel BasquiatChristopher photographed artist Jean Michel Basquiat. There was a blow-up vinyl globe in the studio which Makos got Basquiat to hold with Africa facing the camera.

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3. Mick Jagger, Montauk, NY, 1977
Mick JaggerThe Rolling Stones were rehearsing for their 1977 American tour at Warhol’s Montauk estate where Makos took this image of Mick Jagger.

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4. Matt Dillon, Waverly Place, NYC, 1980.
Matt Dillon,Actor Matt Dillon skipped a day of high school to come to Makos’ apartment to be photographed for Interview magazine.

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5. Andy Warhol altered Image, NYC, 1981
Andy Warhol altered ImageOne of the Altered Image portraits from the 1982 collaboration between Warhol and Makos. Andy had long wanted to explore gender identity and felt comfortable enough to sit for Makos.

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6. Andy Warhol, Favorite Portrait, 1986.
 Andy Warhol, Favorite Portrait, 1986Andy Warhol’s Favorite Portrait, NYC, 1986 24 × 17″ / 60 × 43 cm. Warhol with his “big hair” that figures in his Camouflage Self-Portraits from 1986.

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7. Debbie Harry 1987.
 Debbie Harry, 1987Christopher photographed singer Debbie Harry many times, beginning when she was lead singer for the Punk rock band Blondie. This was his first color session.

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8. Georgia O’Keeffe, NYC, 1983
Georgia O’KeeffeGeorgia O’Keeffe came to Warhol’s 860 Broadway studio to sit for a portrait painting which Christopher documented.

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9. Keith Haring, NYC, 1983
Keith HaringMakos met graffiti artist Keith Haring in 1978 before Keith was famous. He introduced him to Warhol.

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10. Man Ray with Coffee Cup, Fregene, Italy, 1975.
Man Ray with Coffee CupMakos spent Man Ray’s last birthday with the famed surrealist in Fregene, Italy.

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11. Nicola Formichetti Portrait, NYC, 2011
photoDesigner and art director for Italian label Diesel and costume designer for Lady Gaga. Nicola contacted Makos about doing a project together. This image is from that session.


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12. Rob Lowe, NYC, 1983
photoAmerican actor who Makos photographed for Interview Magazine. Lowe became famous one of the “Brat Pack” of American actors (Emilio Esteves, Matt Dillon, Christian Slater, et. al.) appearing in such coming of age movies as “The Breakfast Club”.

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13. Warhol and Rauschenberg at Pergamon Museum, Berlin, 1982
photoArtists Warhol, Rauschenberg, Joseph Beuys and Cy Twombly were in Berlin for an exhibition at the Nationalgalerie, Berlin.

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14. Berlin Wall, 1980
photoWarhol took Christopher to Germany in 1980 for a Warhol exhibit organized by Hans Meyer in Düsseldorf. They took side-trips to Zürich and Berlin.

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15. Fassbinder and Brad Davis on Querelle Set, Berlin, 1982
photoWarhol was commissioned to do the poster for Fassbinder’s last movie and took Christopher along to the set.

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16. Glienicke Bridge, West/East Berlin, 1989
photoOne of the last days of two Germanys which Makos wanted to document.

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17. Liza Minelli and John Lennon, NYC,
photoLiza Minelli on the day of her Warhol portrait sitting.
John Lennon dropped in.

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18. Calvin Klein, Fire Island, NY, 1982
photoThe American designer invited Warhol, Makos and Peter Wise for the day at his rented house. They flew round-trip on a sea plane from the East River in NYC to Fire Island, Flying under the Brooklyn Bridge.

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19. Elizabeth Taylor, New Jersey, 1988
photoElizabeth Taylor was in a relationship with American capitalist Malcolm Forbes. For her birthday Forbes gave Taylor a Harley Davidson painted lavender. Lavender was the name of her perfume.

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20. Daube Twins, NYC, 1995
photoAmerican models that Makos photographed for his 2004 book Exhibitionism.

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21. Divine, NYC, 1976
Divine, NYC, 1976American actor famous for roles in John Waters movies. (Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray).

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22. Ivana Trump, Trump Tower, NYC, 1980
photoMakos photographed Ivana for the cover of New York Magazine in the Trumps’ newly decorated Trump tower apartment.

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23.Statue of Liberty, NYC, 1981
Statue of Liberty, NYC, 1981Flying in a helicopter rented by Warhol as a birthday gift for Jon Gould and Peter Wise.

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24.Chevrolet, LA, California, 1993
photoAt a Palm Springs Classic Car Show

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25. Miami Go-See, Miami, 1990
photoModels on Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

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