Title: Flash (FS II.43A) (November 22, 1963 Portfolio)
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 43A (November 22, 1963 Portfolio)
Flash 43A was an additional screenprint added to the Flash – November 22, 1963 series. Warhol took images he had used in the first part of the series and combined them to create the final three prints. The three additional prints are all the same images, however Warhol used different colors in the printing of JFK’s portrait. In this print, the background and president seal is in reds and orange, and John F. Kennedy is featured prominently in blue. This particular print is the most dynamic of the three because it features the clearest image of JFK.
Flash 43A (November 22, 1963 Portfolio) AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK:
As part of the Flash portfolio, Warhol was commenting on the state of mass media and its obsession with the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The “news flash” Teletype texts that reported the assassination and the news following is where the name for this portfolio came, Flash – November 22, 1963. Warhol was fascinated by the continual media spectacle following the assassination of JFK. Like a lot of Warhol’s work, he takes an image from the media of tragedy and turns it into a brightly colored image of pop art.