Synopses & Reviews
Andy Warhol (1928andndash;1987) and Robert Mapplethorpe (1946andndash;1989) are well known for significant work in portraiture and self-portraiture that challenged gender roles and notions of femininity, masculinity, and androgyny. This exciting and original book is the first to consider the two artists together, examining the powerful portraits they created during the vibrant and tumultuous era bookended by the Stonewall riots and the AIDS crisis. Several important bodies of work are featured, including Warholandrsquo;s Ladies and Gentlemen
series of drag queen portraits and his collaboration with Christopher Makos on Altered Image
, in which Warhol was photographed in makeup and wigs, and Mapplethorpeandrsquo;s photographs of Patti Smith and of female body builder Lisa Lyon. These are explored alongside numerous other paintings, photographs, and films that demonstrate the artistsandrsquo; engagement with gender, identity, beauty, performance, and sexuality, including their own self-portraits and portraits of one another.
Essays trace the convergences and divergences of Warhol and Mapplethorpeandrsquo;s work, and examine the historical context of the artistsandrsquo; projects as well as their lasting impact on contemporary art and queer culture. Firsthand accounts by the artistsandrsquo; collaborators and subjects reveal details into the making and exhibition of some of the works presented here. With an illustrated timeline highlighting key moments in the artistsandrsquo; careers, and more than 90 color plates of their arresting pictures, this book provides a fascinating study of two of the most compelling figures in 20th-century art.
A behind-the-scenes, in-depth record of his photographic life from 1976 to 1987, Warhol | Makos In Context
, Christopher Makos’ newest book, documents the years he spent at Andy Warhol’s side.
Over 100 original Makos contact sheets, reproduced in full with the photographer’s editing marks and comments, have never before been seen. Warhol | Makos In Context features unedited, raw material of his work during the years he saw Warhol almost daily—including the experiences and friends he shared with Warhol, the trips the two and others made together, and scenes of work life at Warhol’s 860 Broadway Factory and Makos’ West 15th Street studio. An insider’s account of the high jinks and high times at the Factory and beyond, In Context is an unexpurgated visual record of New York’s most intriguing circle, and a primary source document that puts Warhol In Context in Makos’ life. The coterie—if legendary—art world icons featured here includes: Liza Minnelli, David Geffen, John Lennon, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Keith Richards, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry, David Byrne, Jimmy Buffett, Sonny Bono, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Jimmy Carter, Muhammed Ali, Steve Rubell, Buzz Aldrin, Tom Seaver, Reggie Jackson, Halston, Calvin Klein, Diana Vreeland, Tom Ford, Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor, Matt Dillon, Marianne Faithful, Olivia Newton John, Robert Duvall, Christopher Reeve, Ron Wood, Rainer Fassbinder, David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, Madonna, Jodie Foster, Norman Mailer, and Truman Capote.
A landmark examination of iconic and provocative portraits by Warhol and Mapplethorpe, presented side by side and in depth for the first time
This exciting and original book is the first to consider the work of Warhol and Mapplethorpe together, with a focus on their provocative portraits and self-portraits.
About the Author
Christopher Makos was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and grew up in California before moving to Paris to study architecture and, later, to work as an apprentice to Man Ray. Since the early 1970s, Makos has developed a boldly graphic style of photojournalism, documenting the physical form as a signature appearing in all his work. During the 1980s, he was a seminal figure in the New York art scene, where he was responsible for introducing the work of both Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring to Andy Warhol. It was Warhol who called Makos “the most modern photographer in America.” His photographs have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums internationally, with works shown at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Makos’ images have appeared in countless magazines and newspapers worldwide, including Interview, Rolling Stone, House & Garden, New York Magazine, Esquire, Genre, and People. He is the author of several important books including his most recent, Equipose (Glitterati, 2005) and Exhibitionism (Glitterati, 2004). Makos lives in New York.