Title: Flash- November 22, 1963 (FS II.33)
Medium: Portfolio of eleven screenprints, colophon, and Teletype text on paper
Size: 21” x 21”
Edition: 200, 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 33- November 22, 1963
Andy Warhol Flash 33 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. All of the prints were based on campaign posters, mass-media photographs, and advertisements. The prints were presented next to Teletype text taken straight from news sources. This print is a somber image, in different tones of gray, featuring the presidential seal a number of times, once prominently in white in the background and then three more times in reverse across the center. Also depicted, are bullet holes through the seal, another representation of the tragedy that had occurred. This layering of images becomes very common in Warhol’s work.
Flash 33- November 22, 1963 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK:
This body of work 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. Andy Warhol’s Flash 33 is an important part of the Flash Portfolio because it focuses on the connotation that the Presidential Seal has. It focuses on what the seal represents, the President himself. Andy Warhol’s Flash 33 discusses an important idea, that explores symbols as representations. When a symbol is used to represent something, it brings to the representation its own connotations. When these connotations are transferred, the connotation of what is being symbolized changes.