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Panel talk: The man behind the myth: The intimate side of Andy Warhol – Fotografiska Berlin | 07.06.2024

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Fotografiska Berlin invites you to the panel talk ‘The man behind the myth: The intimate side of Andy Warhol’ on 7 June 2024. Who was Andy Warhol? Who was the person, the filmmaker and the photographer? To delve deeper into his aspirations, artistic vision and influence as an artist, James ‘Jim’ R. Hedges IV, collector and co-curator of the exhibition Andy Warhol: After The Party, was joined by Warhol biographer Annette Spohn and Emmy-nominated film director, writer and executive producer Andrew Rossi (The Andy Warhol Diaries, 2022) to reflect on Warhol’s legacy. Get to know the person behind the icon and find out what has fascinated us about Warhol over the years.

Image above: Andy Warhol, self-portrait, 1971, courtesy of 2024 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. licensed by Artist Rights Society ARS, New York

Co-curator Hedges Projects, LLC collects, trades and produces art for the James Hedges Collection. James ‘Jim’ R. Hedges IV is an art collector and patron who has been collecting art for over 30 years. He is currently a cultural producer, curator and art dealer and owns the world’s largest private collection of photographs by Andy Warhol. Hedges has served on The Drawings Acquisition Committee of the Museum of Modern Art, was a board member of the Drawing Centre, founder of the American Friends of the Tate Gallery and a member of the National Committee for the Whitney Museum of American Art. He is also a former director of the National Public Radio Foundation (NPR). In addition, Hedges has contributed to the publication of artist monographs, including Sigmar Polke, Robert Mangold, Sol LeWitt, Ed Ruscha and many others.

Annette Spohn studied art history, German studies and philosophy and has worked as a cultural editor for television for many years. In 2008, she wrote the biography Andy Warhol – Leben, Werk, Wirkung, which was published by Suhrkamp Verlag. Artists on the margins of society have interested Annette Spohn ever since she lived in New York as part of her doctorate on Eva Hesse and came into contact with Andy Warhol’s intimate drawings for the first time. The catalogue of a New York gallery showed a completely different side to the pop artist than the one she had encountered during her studies, which inspired her to document his life and work.

Andrew Rossi recently created the Netflix series The Andy Warhol Diaries (2022), in which he deconstructs Warhol’s persona using Andy’s diary entries to show a gay man with vivid romantic relationships and a deep spiritual life. Rossi has been nominated for three Primetime Emmys for writing, directing and producing The Diaries, as well as Gotham and GLAAD Awards for Best Non-Fiction Series. Rossi aims to expose the myths surrounding iconic institutions and personalities, as shown in his documentaries: Page One (2011) about the New York Times and The First Monday in May (2016) about the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute, as well as the short film he produced to illuminate the legacy of Sigmund Freud, Hysterical Girl (2021), which was shortlisted for the Academy Award.


5.30 pm Admission to the Fotografiska Berlin ballroom
6:00 pm Introduction by Solvej Ovesen (Director of Programming, Fotografiska Berlin)
6:10 pm Panel discussion with James R. Hedges IV, Annette Spohn and Andrew Rossi moderated by Solvej Ovesen
7:00 pm Q&A


Language: English


Friday, 7. June 2024, 6:00 pm


Fotografiska Berlin  
Oranienburger Str. 54  
10117 Berlin 

Opening hours: daily from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm


Panel discussion + exhibition visit: 15 Euro
Panel discussion: 8 Euro
Panel discussion + exhibition visit, reduced ticket: 8 euros Panel discussion, reduced ticket: 4 Euro
Members: free admission

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