Flash 36 is part of a portfolio of eleven different screenprints based on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. It 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. The title Flash – November 22, 1963 represents the date of the assassination and the constant news attention about the event.
Flash 36 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
Warhol continued to use images from the media in his work while using the layering technique more to add depth to his images. With this series, Warhol is observing American society including its relationship with the media and its obsession with tragedy, which he returns to in later works. He continues to take on mass media in his work by challenging the norms and making people think differently about how they look at the information they are given. Warhol was quoted saying that “what bothered me was the way television and radio were programming everybody to feel so sad. It seemed like no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t get away from the thing.”