The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, August 29, 2014


Christopher Makos Presents Vintage Polaroids at Christopher Henry Gallery
Christopher Makos, World Trade Center (Looking Out at Top), 1976. Original SX-70 Polaroid, 3 ½ x 4 ¼ inches. Photo: Courtesy Christopher Henry Gallery.
NEW YORK, NY.- Christopher Henry Gallery presents Christopher Makos Polaroids, an exhibition of 55 original vintage SX-70 Polaroids. Much more than photographs, Makos’ Polaroids are, in fact, precious artifacts - historic one-of-a-kind mementos from the 70s and early 80s, an era famously celebrated for its decadence but less often noted for its remarkable innocence. Decades before the age of flatbed scanners, digital cameras and desktop printers, Polaroid cameras had the unique ability to capture private, unreproducible moments in time - it was a seductive producer of images that developed magically before your eyes in the privacy of your own hands. Calvin Klein reminisced, “No one was afraid of being photographed back then because it was more likely a picture would end up in the back of someone's drawer than on Facebook, YouTube or the front page. So people were free, spontaneous, a little exhibitionistic. There was a sort of shared promise that things could remain a secret.”

This unrestricted sense of intimacy and spontaneity is captured brilliantly in the warm hues and pure poetic forms of Makos’ Polaroids. From the innocent to the sensual, from a dated automobile (i.e. 1976 AMC Pacer) to a timeless torso, objects take on a magical allure as in Beach Ball and Flippers, Champagne and Donuts, World Trade Center, and Boxing Gloves, 1981 (worn by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat for their iconic Collaborations / Shafrazi Show poster). Even in celebrity shots of Warhol, Deborah Harry, and John F. Kennedy Jr., all were shot with varying degrees of wit and humor - for Makos the Polaroid was not just a camera, it was an instrument of exploration. Having apprenticed with Man Ray, Makos understands the inner essence of things and it is this luminescence that radiates from his photographs. Time stands still - ephemera are immortalized.

The exhibition is presented concurrent with the launch of a 180 Polaroid monograph Christopher Makos Polaroids, published by Photology with text by Calvin Klein available for sale at the gallery. The exhibition ends on May 23, 2010.

Christopher Henry Gallery | Vintage Polaroids | Christopher Makos |


Today's News

April 23, 2010

King Tutankhamun Returns to New York After More than 30 Years for Last Leg of U.S. Exhibit

Christie's Presents the Most Valuable Chinese Painting Ever Offered at Auction

Sotheby's to Sell Long-Lost Art Trove of Ambroise Vollard

New Work by Joel Shapiro on View at The Pace Gallery

Museum for African Art Announces April 2011 Opening

Auction Record for a Scottish Colourist Achieved at Sotheby's London

First Major Exhibition to Examine Andy Warhol as an Artist and Entrepreneur

Israeli Museum Unveils Rare Renaissance Manuscript

Egypt's Zahi Hawass Chides Museums over Antiquities

Christopher Makos Presents Vintage Polaroids at Christopher Henry Gallery

Internationally Renowned Artists Enrich K21 in Dusseldorf

Chagall Discovery Adds Excitement to Bonhams Impressionist Auction

The Mint Museum Appoints Kathleen Jameson as New Executive Director

Excellent Results Mark European Paintings Sale at Bonhams New York

Egypt Finds Hoard of 2,000-Year-Old Bronze Coins

Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing Awarded Silver LEED Certification

Huntington to be the First U.S. Venue for Important Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes Exhibition

Private Collections Soar at Sotheby's Russian Art Sale

The American Institute of Architects select the 2010 COTE Top Ten Green Projects

Art Book Collection of Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner Donated to the Brooklyn Museum Library

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Neanderthals and humans were both living in Europe for between 2,600 and 5,400 years

2.- First major exhibition to explore the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy opens at LACMA

3.- Carlo Mollino's idealized vision of the female form in new book published by Damiani/Crump

4.- Tate Britain displays works by Frank Auerbach from the collection of Lucian Freud

5.- In grave robber territory, locals abuzz over Alexander-era tomb; Largest of its kind ever discovered in Greece

6.- Lambert Collection opens an ambitious project housed at the Sainte-Anne Prison

7.- Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore announces the first 18 artists in the CCA Residencies progamme

8.- Historic Kings Theatre is transformed into major New York Performing Arts venue

9.- Thirteen's American Masters Series co-produces new documentary about photographer Dorothea Lange

10.- Sotheby's New York to offer 548 Edward Weston photographs as a single lot this September

Related Stories



Christopher Henry Gallery Presents the London Biennale 2010

Christopher Henry Gallery Presents Exhibition by Licensing Company Ignite



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site