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Flash—November 22, 1963, 1968

Flash—November 22, 1963, 1968
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Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987)
Flash—November 22, 1963, 1968
screen print on paper
21 x 21 in. (53.3 x 53.3 cm.)
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
© 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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This 1968 portfolio was named for “news flash” Teletype texts reporting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The portfolio’s cover includes an image of the November 22, 1963, New York World-Telegram front page with the headline “President Shot Dead.” Screenprinted Teletype texts, relaying the unfolding situation, are used as “wrappers” to surround the screenprinted images related to the assassination. (One side of each wrapper is shown here.) Warhol’s use of this news story more than four years after it first shocked the nation presents an afterimage that suggests the media and public obsession with the tragedy. “I’d been thrilled having Kennedy as president,” mused the artist: “he was handsome, young, smart — but it didn’t bother me much that he was dead. What bothered me was the way the television and radio were programming everybody to feel so sad. It seemed like no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t get away from the thing.”