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Flash November 22 (F. & S. II.34)

Flash November 22 (F. & S. II.34)
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1963
Signed Print Edition of 200
H 53cm x W 53cm

Critical Review

Deriving from the phrase ‘new-flash’, the print’s title alludes to a piece of very important sudden news in the mass-media. Throughout the 1960s Warhol returned to the subject of JKF’s assassination, notably paying more attention to images of the grieving Jackie Kennedy that were widely seen in newspapers at the time. Flash-November 22, 1963 was the artist’s final iteration of the subject.

Replicating the aesthetic of mass-media images through appropriation, Warhol’s Flash-November 22, 1963 worked to underscore the way in which themes of death and tragedy were both perpetuated and desensitised by newspapers, radio and television. Apparently indifferent to the tragic event itself Warhol had said, ‘What bothered me was the way television and radio were programming everybody to feel so sad.’ Jackie Kennedy’s smiling image capturing the moment before her husband’s death and transformed into a piece of Pop Art therefore became a powerful tool to represent the power of the media that Warhol felt so concerned about.

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