Bob Colacello

Very few people actually saw Andy’s films like Chelsea Girls where he filmed seven hours, ran it on two screens, where each scene was in a different room at the Chelsea Hotel with these people he called ‘Superstars” who were basically super-exhibitionists – the guy in one room high on LSD talking about masturbation, Brigid Berlin in another room playing a lesbian and shooting up people with amphetamines right through their jeans, it was all real and they were really doing it (though Brigid is now a proper lady), but you know Andy really did pre-date reality TV.

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I took photos from 1976 to when I left in 1993, primarily for Interview and a column I had called “Bob Colacello’s Out” which Andy had conceived of. I’ve never taken a picture since, not even with my phone! It just felt too Andy Warhol to keep going around town taking photographs. And I never really thought of doing anything with them after I left the magazine until this great Art Director Sam Shahid about for or five years ago asked where all of the old photos were.

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And out of the blue, I got a call from an editor friend at Knopf and she said that they were interested in putting out an update for their vintage paperback line. So I was more than thrilled and it was suggested that perhaps I could do a 1,000 word new introduction covering what’s happened with the whole Warhol thing since 1990 when the first edition hardcover came out and, uh, that was about August 1st and I sat down at my computer here in East Hampton and on on August 30th I’d written almost 10,000 words!

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I think his portraits of Jackie, Liz, Marilyn, Mao, Elvis, Lenin – and objects like the soup cans, the dollar signs, the hammer and sickle, it’s all about icons. Its all about what people worship in an irreligious or secular world. In terms of Andy’s personality and Andy Warhol as a human being who I was very close to, I still feel kind of sorry for him on a personal level. I mean, he was the ultimate example of great success wrapped around inner turmoil and emotional pain.

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