Andy Warhol Flash (F & S II.32 - 42)Facts | History | Meaning
Catalogue Title Flash (F & S II.32 - 42) Year 1968 Size 21″ x 21″ Each 53,3 x 53,3 cm Medium Portfolio of Eleven Screenprints, colophon, and Teletype text on Paper. The prints, wrapped with the screenprint cover, are in a plexiglass box. Edition Edition of 200, 26 numbered in Roman numerals; 10 lettered A-J have three additional screenprints, each of which is a composite of images from II.33 and II.38. (See II.43A-43C.) Each print, housed in a folder with a page of Teletype text, is signed in ball-point pen on verso; the colophon is signed and numbered in ball-point pen.
Andy Warhol Flash (F & S II.32 - 42)Meaning & History
"The portfolio is a visually striking exploration of the assassination of U.S President J.F. Kennedy through the lens of the news cycle."
Warhol’s Flash Portfolio is comprised of eleven screenprints, published in 1963. Combining colour prints, colophon and teletype text on paper, the portfolio is a visually striking exploration of the assassination of U.S President J.F. Kennedy through the lens of the news cycle. Flash was a contemporary art magazine, still in print today, known for publishing works by avant-garde artists.
One of Warhol’s foremost artistic concerns was of the news cycle and media circus surrounding tragic events. Perhaps no event in the artist’s lifetime better exemplified this than J.F Kennedy’s death. In this series he carefully manipulates images and text from the news in a multitude of colourways. The low contrast on the prints give resemble negatives, creating a somewhat ghostly impression. Warhol stated of the event: ‘It seemed no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t get away from the thing’.
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