Title: Flash FS II.32 (November 22 1963)
Medium: Portfolio of eleven screenprints, colophon, and Teletype text on paper
Size: 21” x 21”
Edition: 22, 26 numbered in Roman numerals; 10-lettered A-J has three additional screenprints, each of which is a composite of images from II.33 and II.38. (See II.43A-43C.)
Details: Each print, housed in a folder with a page of Teletype text, is signed in ballpoint pen on verso; the colophon is signed and numbered in ballpoint pen.
Flash FS II.32 (November 22 1963 Portfolio)
Andy Warhol Flash 32 image is part of a portfolio of eleven different screenprints based on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 and was named for all the “news flash” texts that were being broadcast at the time. Andy Warhol Flash 32 is the first print in the portfolio. This print sets a somber tone, featuring President Kennedy’s face up-close in black and dark grey, making it almost unrecognizable. Andy Warhol Flash 32 is a black and white close-up of John F. Kennedy’s smile. The emphasis on his smile highlights his charisma and almost puts the viewer under his spell, capturing the essence of the politician and engulfing the viewer in the ‘Kennedy Effect’.
Flash 32 (November 22 1963 Portfolio) AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK:
Andy Warhol Flash 32 has a clear connection to the work Warhol did focusing on Jacqueline Kennedy, however now he is focusing on the man himself, and the events surrounding his assassination. The piece captures the moment which enchanted most people at the time- the moment when the charming President Kennedy would smile. His infectious smile would infect everyone who was exposed to it. The very dark filter on Andy Warhol’s Flash 32, is symbolic of the doom that befell Kennedy in the form of his murder. He is starting to look at American society and the relationship they have with the media and the obsession with tragedy, which he continues to return to in later works.