Bob Colacello: It Just Happened, Photographs 1976 – 1982, Curated by Elena Foster

2 Jun-29 Jul 2023
PV 2 Jun 2023, 6-8pm

Thaddaeus Ropac
London W1S 4NJ


I never planned or plotted any of this. I have, however, always followed my mother’s dictum: ‘When opportunity knocks, open the door!’ — Bob Colacello

It Just Happened is the first solo exhibition in London by the American photographer and writer Bob Colacello, documenting his long-standing collaboration with Andy Warhol and the glamorous cycle of parties and travelling that animated their frenetic lives.

Between 1971 and 1983, Colacello was the editor of Interview and Andy Warhol’s right hand at the magazine. In It Just Happened, Colacello shares photographs from his personal album taken between the late 1970s and early 1980s, providing an intimate and faithful chronicle of the fascinating social circle around the so-called Pope of Pop, including Joseph Beuys, Bianca Jagger, Robert Rauschenberg, Paloma Picasso, Iman, Roy and Dorothy Lichtenstein, Ringo Starr, Diane von Fürstenberg, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Valentino and Mick Jagger.

These ‘stolen’ snapshots, with unexpected frames and overexposed lighting, demonstrate Colacello’s rebellious spirit and disregard for photography’s formal conventions of symmetry, exposure and balance. Curated by Elena Foster and the Ivorypress team, the exhibition also includes letters, magazines and memorabilia along with the photographs, which help bring to life the era’s atmosphere of hedonism and endless possibility.