Andy Warhol (warhol.org) called him, “the most modern photographer in America”. His work has documented the upheavals of an age of great changes, and his seminal portraits have made photographic history.
The Galleria Carla Sozzani (galleriacarlasozzani.org) presents an exhibition dedicated to Christopher Makos (makostudio.com), showcasing some 62 photographs covering the New York artistic scene of the seventies and eighties. Also on show are eight large works from the series “Altered Images”, realised in 1981, in which Andy Warhol interprets the variable identity of the human being, a tribute to the series of photographs Man Ray took of Marcel Duchamp in the guise of his feminine altar ego, Rrose Sélavy.
Man Ray was the first artist to influence the direction of Makos’s work, in fact the two spent a long period in Italy before the American photographer decided to move to New York. When he arrived in the city, Makos was fascinated by its cultural ferment, where he chronicled the emerging punk scene and was influenced by numerous celebrities whom he portrayed with his camera.
Tennessee Williams, Halston, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Tom Verlaine and Alice Cooper are just some of the faces that Makos brought together in his first book, White Trash, published in 1977, and which won over Warhol.
The father of Pop Art entrusted him with the artistic direction of his book, Exposure, marking the start of their friendship and professional association.
Makos’ work is a true, unfiltered documentation of the golden years when life was lived more by night than by day. “Altered Images” captures the extravagance, the excesses and behind-the-scenes-activity of the extraordinary everyday life of Warhol and of all the super stars.
The exhibition is curated by Gianni Mercurio and Galleria Carla Sozzani in collaboration with MADEINART (madeinart.it)