Title: Flash- November 22, 1963 Portfolio (FS II.38)
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- 38 (November 22, 1963 Portfolio)
The Andy Warhol Flash 38 screenprint was created in tones of gray and white and prominently features a portrait of President John F. Kennedy. There is a layering of multiple images of the president, but Warhol chooses to use the same image multiple times to strengthen the meaning. This image is part of a portfolio of eleven different screenprints in response to the continuing spectacle the media had created surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The images he used came from campaign posters, mass-media photographs and advertisements. The title Flash – November 22, 1963 represents the date of the assassination and the constant news attention about the event.
Flash- 38 (November 22, 1963 Portfolio) as Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work:
Andy Warhol continued to use images from the media in his work and he also used the layering technique more and more to add depth to his images. Flash 38 is a clear statement about his feelings towards the media and how America reacts. Warhol continues to take mass media on in his work, challenging the norms and making people think differently about how they look at the information they are given. With this portfolio Warhol is revisiting a subject he has already looked at with the Jacqueline Kennedy prints, however this time, Warhol is focusing on the man himself.