Christopher Makos new show is Dirty.
Its billed by gallerist Daniel Cooney as,
“A career overview featuring mostly unseen work from every stage of the artist’s life. Dirty features a selection of 40 vintage photographs, collages, and assemblages that celebrate the daring, decadent, and delectable moments of life with equal panache.”
Dirty features photographs of famous faces like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, Liza Minnelli, and John Lennon alongside a swath of sumptuous male nudes and figurative studies, plus today’s birthday boy, Andy Warhol.
Makos came to the notice of kindred spirit, Andy Warhol, and the two quickly became collaborators and confidantes. Makos taught Warhol about photography (it was Makos’ idea to sew together images) and Warhol taught Chris the business of art.
Among the most significant works on view is Andy in Black Wig Contact Sheet (1981), a remarkable series of portraits of Warhol wrapped in a white sheet and donning a bobbed wig, exploring notions of gender, a project he did exclusively with Makos.