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La Térmica opens its doors with the presentation in Spain of the exhibition Lady Warhol by Christopher Makos
In the summer of 1981 the New York pop artist Andy Warhol and the photographer Christopher Makos visited an elegant wig shop on 57th Street. They're original aim was to develop a project that they called Altered image, an extensive series of portraits where the model is Andy Warhol and in which the transgressive genre of the 80's clashes with the spirit of the project developed by Man Ray called Rrose Sélavy, where he photographed Marcel Duchamp dressed as a Parisian woman in the twenties.
MADRID.- La Térmica, a new center of contemporary cultural creation and production opened this evening in Málaga, inspired on a modern approach, open and plural that seeks, through culture and citizens' initiative, to develop a new vision of reality.

Around three axes -culture, education and society -the old civic center of the Málaga's Provincial Council, located at Avenida de los Guindos, is transformed into a center for creation that has unique spaces where to see the most varied art forms, enjoy live music, performances, lectures, courses, workshops and a full range of activities covering all areas of culture.

The program of activities of La Térmica is designed to reach all audiences, therefore it will work with the national art centers' network. Its rooms, patios and auditoriums will integrate in La Térmica the old spirit of the city's civic center as well as most of the cultural program of the Provincial Council of Málaga.

La Térmica is presented as the focus of artistic and cultural trends. A reference point where the biggest names in national and international culture will be represented.

The center is home to spaces for creation, classrooms, auditoriums, children's activity areas and places for meetings. Its renewal extends to its outer perimeter to create entertainment and socialization for youth. A new concept for a emblematic building with facilities of over 13,000 square meters.

La Térmica is an initiative of the Provincial Council of Málaga in which La Fabrica has been responsible for the project's conceptualization, the development of the center's corporate image, definition of its activities, reorganization and development of its facilities and creation of the site, www.latermicamalaga.com. La Fábrica is providing the Málaga's Provincial Council its experience in creating and conceptualizing art and creation centers as it did in the past with projects such as, La Casa Encendida -Obra Social Caja Madrid-, Matadero Madrid -City of Madrid - or La Carcel -City Hall of Segovia, among other examples.

La Fábrica has also developed the future program of the creation and entrepreneurs center of La Térmica which will offer training and mentoring programs for creative professionals, entrepreneurs and coworkers of the culture industry. A hub of talent and good ideas that will soon launch its call and offer from October 2013 residences, financial training and technical support.

Lady Warhol by Christopher Makos
The program of activities of La Térmica starts with the Lady Warhol exhibition, organized by La Fábrica. The exhibition, shown for the first time in Spain, will remain open until March 16 and in its opening the artist himself, Christopher Makos, will participate accompanied by his artistic partner in The Hilton Brothers, Paul Solberg.

In the summer of 1981 the New York pop artist Andy Warhol and the photographer Christopher Makos visited an elegant wig shop on 57th Street. They're original aim was to develop a project that they called Altered image, an extensive series of portraits where the model is Andy Warhol and in which the transgressive genre of the 80's clashes with the spirit of the project developed by Man Ray called Rrose Sélavy, where he photographed Marcel Duchamp dressed as a Parisian woman in the twenties.

Over 8 wigs, 2 full days of photo shoot, 16 contact sheets and 349 camera shots went into creating Lady Warhol, a great photo shoot taken at Warhol's studio in New York seeking to reflect on the concept of identity change as indicated by Makos himself, «the photographs are a kind of sampler on identity, they are not about drag queens, or Andy as a transvestite, or on Andy Warhol: they are the recording of a collaboration between the model and photographer».

The exhibition shows 50 black and white photographs of the legendary series, portraits with different poses and angles: detail, American, half-length, side shot, as if it were a Roman bust, the body and subtle gestures of the Pop Art icon condition a series characterized by the model's versatile body language that demonstrates his need for public expression.

Christopher Makos (1948, Lowell, Massachusetts) studied architecture in Paris, where he worked as an apprentice to Man Ray for a short period of time. Andy Warhol, a good friend of Makos and frequent subject of his portraits, said of him that he was «the most modern photographer in America». His photographs have been exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Tate Modern in London, the Whitney Museum in New York and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, among other museums and galleries. He has also collaborated with magazines and publications such as Paris Match and Wall Street Journal. He is the author of the books Warhol / Makos In Context (2007), Andy Warhol China 1982 (2007) and Christopher Makos Polaroids (2009). Together with Paul Solberg he forms The Hilton Brothers, whose work is collected in the book Tyrants + Lederhosen.



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