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ANDY WARHOL CHINA 1982: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF CHRISTOPHER MAKOS
LAUNCH AND EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT
( Beijing, 19 May 2008) Andy Warhol will revisit China for the first time since his historic trip in 1982, this time in an exhibition of photographs by his personal photographer at the time Christopher Makos. Titled ‘Andy Warhol in China,’ the exhibition will make its world debut at Timezone 8’s two venues in China ( Beijing 798 and Shanghai M50) Saturday May 24, 2008 where it will continue to be shown through the Beijing Summer Olympics.
Iconic sights of a vastly different Beijing form as much the subject as the backdrop for Makos’ stunning black and white photos documenting Warhol’s brief visit: a rented Red Flag limo, a Beijing Hotel suite, Mao’s portrait in Tiananmen, wide streets empty save the odd bicycle, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City.
Lost and liberated at the same time, Warhol was far from the glam and commercialism that made paparazzi and autograph-seekers follow him and his glitterati friends in New York. He was a stranger here, unrecognized, unremarkable, just another curious tourist in a city devoid of any of the commercial trappings of his home in New York. This sense is conveyed poignantly in the photos, where Makos reveals the person behind the persona, private moments in the private life of one of the world’s most public figures.
Of course, another of the great ironies of this series of photos of Warhol in China was that a man who so embraced popular commercial culture could be found in what was at the time one of the world’s least commercial cities. There were no brand names, luxury cars, restaurants, movie stars, none of the trappings that characterize Beijing and Shanghai today.
Still Warhol sensed that change was afoot. ‘When asked what he thought about China not having a McDonalds,’ recalls Makos, ‘Andy commented, “Oh, but it will.”‘
‘I think Andy would have loved the Beijing and Shanghai of today,’ says Makos. ‘The glam, the luxury, the beautiful people, toys and nightlife. He would have felt so more much at home.’
Photographer Christopher Makos will be on hand in Beijing May 24 and Shanghai May 31 for the exhibition openings and book launches where he will speak about his experience as the photographer of the famous pop artist.
Makos will also give a talk and slide presentation on ‘Andy Warhol in China’ at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art Sunday, May 25 at 5:00pm.
Accompanying the ‘Andy Warhol in China’ exhibition, will an exquisite large-format, cloth-bound book published in Hong Kong by the contemporary art publishing house Timezone 8. Contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has written an introduction for the book due out soon. The book will be available for purchase in Beijing and Shanghai during the exhibition and bookstores around the world during the Olympics in August.