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Pirates Seize Ship, 1961

Pirates Seize Ship, 1961
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Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987)
"Pirates Seize Ship...", 1961
graphite on Strathmore paper
29 x 23 in. (73.7 x 58.4 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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Warhol based four drawings on the headline “Pirates Seize Ship with 900” and the subhead “Cruise Liner Hijacked in Caribbean; Planes, Warship Rushed to Rescue” from the January 24, 1961, New York Daily News. The story reported the attack on a passenger ship by a group of Spanish and Portuguese rebels to protest the dictatorships in their countries. Warhol embellished the story by dramatically increasing the passenger count, adding three zeroes to the original headline. Misspellings, such as “Sieze,” are frequent in Warhol’s headlines, though it is unclear whether they were deliberate.