Thomas Hirschhorn

I LOVE ANDY WARHOL, AND I LOVE ANDY WARHOL’S WORK. I love Andy Warhol with a love that is exclusionist and egoistic. It is not respect or admiration that I have for Warhol and his work, it is love. Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys were my professors, even if I didn’t take classes with them. It was thanks to Andy Warhol that I discovered the revolutionary work of Stuart Davis, with its early absorption of the world of advertising and packaging. Andy Warhol dared to say yes.

I first saw a Warhol in 1978, in the Kunsthaus Zürich. It was the painting 129 Die in Jet, from 1962. I immediately felt included: included in the artist’s work; included in art. It was the first time in my life that art had an impact on me, the first time I was directly in dialogue with it. 129 Die in Jet changed my life.

129 Die in Jet showed me that to enlarge something, to make it big, doesn’t necessarily mean it is

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