Title: Flash-November 22, 1963 (FS II.41)
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 41 is part of a portfolio of eleven different screenprints based on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The piece 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. Warhol Flash 41 features President Kennedy’s face delicately outlined in purple on a black background, creating a quiet portrait of the President.
Flash 41 As Part of Andy Warhol’s Larger Body of Work:
The Flash Series has a clear connection to the work Warhol created which focused on Jacqueline Kennedy. However, he now focuses on Kennedy himself, and the events surrounding his assassination. He is starting to look at American society and their relationship with the media and the obsession with tragedy, which he continues to return to in later works.