Christopher Makos, Andy Warhol, and Chris Murray

by Chris Murray on February 27, 2019

                        Chris Murray, Andy Warhol, and Chris Makos, Morgan’s Hotel, NYC, 1985.                                                Photo from Govinda Gallery Archive.

Chris Makos is a cornerstone of Govinda Gallery’s photography program. His exhibition, Christopher Makos: Photographs in 1981, was our first ever contemporary photography exhibition. Since then, Makos has had seven solo exhibitions at Govinda Gallery, and his work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions at Govinda as well.

Chris Murray in 1961 Chrysler Newport, Washington, DC. Photo by Chris Makos.

Govinda Gallery published two portfolios of Makos work’, Icons and Man Ray. His photographs of the Rolling Stones are in my first photography book, Rolling Stones 40×20 (Billboard Books, 2002).

Rolling Stones, Montauk, Long Island, 1981. Photos by Chris Makos.

Moreover, Chris became, and remains, one of my closest friends for four decades. He introduced me to numerous other visual artists, including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. He had me join him on junkets as his ‘art-dealer,’ including trips to Puerto Vallarta, Houston, Miami Beach, and Dallas, among others, while he was working on his photo columns for Interview magazine.

Esme Marshall and Chris Makos. Photo by Chris Murray.

He also took me with Andy Warhol to more dinners, art openings, parties, night clubs including Studio 54, and shopping trips than I can count. Makos expanded my outlook on art and life.

                           Signed invitation to “Christopher Makos: Photographs of Andy Warhol”                                                       exhibition at Govinda Gallery, 1989.

Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again at the Whitney continues through March 31st.

Christopher Makos photos are available through Govinda Gallery.

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  • Comments

    • Jeff Kolker

      one of my favorites!!
      Extremely proud owner of his work!

    • Mary Catherine Beyda

      Especially love the picture of you in that car in front of the East Wing of the National Gallery. I must say that you have had quite a life. Not that it’s over!

    • Barbara Cuttriss

      Happy Birthday to Chris! Didn’t realize what an impact he had?

    • Christine Nassikas

      What great photos!!! Especially love the ones you are in. Such fun memories!!!!

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