Producing a revealing glance into the sphere of Andy Warhol's world is Holy Terror, Photographs from Inside Warhol's World, the latest exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery. This show of vintage prints of Interview Magazine editor and Warhol companion Bob Colacello's work coincide with the rerelease of his book detailing the time he spent with Warhol.
Warhol's Factory opened 50 years ago, and this reminder immediately sparks images of grand parties, big art pieces and influential characters scattered everywhere. Colacello's images provide a much more personal take on the chaos. The powerful whirlwind of Warhol's circles continue to influence how we analyze art and what we think about the possibility of celebrity today, but this exhibition also digs into the details of the normal moments in his life. Colacello captures an intimate view of Warhol over the course of his simple, daily travels, as well as his international adventures, from getting ready in his New York closet alone to having a discussion with the Chancellor of West Germany before Warhol photographs him to a night out for fun with Bianca Jagger.
Unlike the famous occasions we are accustomed to, these photographs are the private moments in between—the minutes before press shots and the times when Andy was just being himself that we don't usually get to see. The photograph of Andy resting his closed eyes on a ferry to Fire Island is a nice respite of the haze and spectacle his life became, displaying that at the end of the day, whether he was networking, being a friend or posing with fashion designers, even the icon Andy Warhol was just a man.
The show runs through May 24.
Text by Amanda Everich.
Photographs by Lena Vassiliou.
John Demsey, Marilyn Gautier