Thursday, 7 July 2011
Andy Warhol: Lady Alter Egos
Photographs of Andy Warhol in ladies' wigs and full make-up have gone on display in the UK for the first time. His friend and collaborator Christopher Makos, who took the photos, talks about working with the patriarch of pop art.
Warhol's impassive, enigmatic stare is the same in most of the 349 frames that Makos fired off at the Factory studio over two days in 1981.
But using seven different wigs and little else, the artist transformed himself into a series of striking female alter-egos.
There is the starlet with the stylish blonde bob, the rock chick with the wild brown mane, the socialite with the busy black nest and the fallen idol with the distressed bleached curls.
They are all obviously Warhol, but also quite unnervingly, convincingly not.
Christopher Makos' self-portrait (1967)
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