Title: Flash 39 – November 22, 1963 (FS II.39)
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 39 – November 22, 1963
Flash 39 is a part of a portfolio of eleven different screenprints, all were combinations of images found in mass media about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. They were assembled in a book that featured text taken straight from the newspaper, which was what led to the title of Flash – November 22, 1963. This particular print is somewhat different than the others in the series because it features a single image, that of the building from which JFK was shot, with a simple arrow pointing at the window where Lee Harvey Oswald shot from. The purple image is one of the more simple images in the series but it delivers a very simple and direct message.
Flash 39 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK:
Warhol had somewhat of an obsession with the Kennedy assassination, especially the media representation of it, and this ended up being a source of creative output for Warhol throughout the 1960s. Shortly following the assassination, Warhol did a number of prints focusing on Jacqueline Kennedy, using images from the event, as well as the funeral, now, four years later, Warhol returns to the same subject focusing on the main character. The combination of tragedy and celebrity fascinated Warhol and he continued to experiment with this subject throughout this career.