WRITTEN BY: EMILY WATERS, MARKETING INTERN
Did you know that Bob Colacello, one of New York’s most eccentric and interesting personalities, will be presenting a lecture at the Museum on July 19 about Andy Warhol? Born in 1947 in Brooklyn, New York, Colacello started his career while still a student at Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts by writing film reviews for “The Village Voice,” at which time his review of the Andy Warhol film Trash caught the eye of the artist, and the rest is history.
Colacello became the editor of Warhol’s “Interview” magazine and from 1971 to 1983 it was one of the most popular lifestyle magazines of the era. Colacello’s monthly column “OUT” was notorious for showing off the shenanigans of his social life and often included candid images of famous friends, taken using his small Minox 35mm camera.
In 1990, Colacello published “Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up,” which revealed the inner workings of Warhol’s famed studio, The Factory. The book offers intimate insights into Warhol’s work and life — allowing readers the opportunity to see the many sides of one of the most influential men in pop culture. “The New York Times” noted that “Of the reminiscences that have appeared to date, Colacello’s ‘Holy Terror’ is certainly the best-written and most killingly observed,” and George Plimpton deemed the book “a must for anyone even vaguely interested in Andy’s life and times.”
Since 1984, Colacello has been a special correspondent for “Vanity Fair”, and can more recently add museum curator to his extensive repertoire. In a “Vogue” interview regarding his first exhibition, he explains why he chose the title Age of Ambiguity, noting that “We live in a very mixed-up, confused, even chaotic time” and that artists “tend to echo the times or even predict the times.” The exhibition features both abstract and figurative works from artists whom Colacello has met throughout his career (including a piece by Warhol).
The July 19 lecture at the Cummer Museum is sure to inspire and entertain, while simultaneously providing a peek into the colorful life of New York socialites. Learn more about Portrait of the Pope of Pop: Andy Warhol with Bob Colacello.