On October 18th, the Berlin-based photo gallery hiltawsky
opened the latest exhibition by the New York photographers Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg, a.k.a. The Hilton Brothers.
Christopher Makos, whose works are currently shown in the exhibition 'Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists. Fifty Years' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), has been an important and influential member of the international art and glamour scene since the 1970s. When he met Andy Warhol in 1975, an intense, creative and innovative friendship was born. Makos not only taught Warhol how to use a camera, but also introduced him to the works of Keith Haring and Jean-Michael Basquiat. Today, Christopher Makos is called the visual biographer of Andy Warhol on the one hand, and works as one of the Hilton Brothers on the other hand.
Paul Solberg, a rising photographic force, known for his ethereal flower and human portraits, and being the second 'Hilton Brother'; met Makos in 2004. Since then, the two New York-based photographers have been working under the name which was inspired by the 1930s Siamese-twin vaudeville stars Daily and Violet Hilton.
The heart of the curatorial idea was the concept of Identity as well as the question about how artistic identities can be separated from each other or melted together. Each thought to be considered under the everlasting influence of Warhol in contemporary artists.
Given those facts, the two works of the 'Andy Dandy' series, an extravagant diptych of Makos 'Altered Image' portraits of Warhol and Solberg´s flower portrait, are the core pieces of the exhibition. They will be complemented by classic portraits of international stars such as Mick Jagger, Nicola Formichetti, Ai WeiWei, and Jean-Michael Basquiat of Makos and Solberg; contrasted by the erotically charged images from the series 'Area 51' by the Hilton Brothers. Details of luxurious cars, sleek horses, and other objects of desire are represented by the duos topic of 'Speed'.