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Andy Warhol, Two (2) Silkscreens from Flash - JFK Assassination November 22, 1963: silkscreened text on paper plus silkscreen colophon , hand signed and numbered by Andy Warhol ( FS II.41) , 1968
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Two (2) Silkscreens from Flash - JFK Assassination November 22, 1963: silkscreened text on paper plus silkscreen colophon , hand signed and numbered by Andy Warhol ( FS II.41) , 1968
Silkscreened colophon sheet of the hors commerce edition of XVII of the iconic "Flash" Portfolio; hand signed and uniquely numbered by Andy Warhol, plus silkscreened print with teletype text. These two prints from Warhol's iconic "Flash Portfolio" were selected for inclusion in the blockbuster Andy Warhol retrospective at the Whitney Museum in 2019. (see photos). The plaque on the Whitney exhibition (also see included photo) describes the portfolio as follows:" These screenprints reflect Warhol's ongoing interest in the Kennedy assassination, an obsession that intensified following the release of the Warren Commission report and the publication of stills from a short home movie of the event, published by bystander Abraham Zapruder. Flash - November 22, 1963 is an unbound Artists Book with text based upon the original Associated Press newswire bulletins. For his illustrations, Warhol appropriated the recurring image of Kennedy from a 1960 campaign poster, and sourced the remaining photographs, including pictures of Lee Harvey Oswald and an ad for the type of rifle used, from Life's [Magazine] sustained coverage of the assassination and its aftermath.."
The present sheet begins with the following teletyped text:
"THE TWO WOUNDED MEN WERE RUSHED TO EMERGENCY ROOMS, AND THE HOSPITAL'S PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM RANG WITH CALLS FOR ALL STAFF DOCTORS.
DALLAS - TWO PRIESTS SUMMONED TO KENNEDY X IN EMERGENCY ROOM
BULLETIN 3RD ADD 2ND LEAD KENNEDY XX DOCTORS
TWO PRIESTS ENTERED THE EMERGENCY ROOM WHERE THE PRESIDENT WAS BEING TREATED AT 12:49 P.M. (CST).
THERE WAS STILL NO OFFICIAL WORD ON THE PRESIDENT'S CONDITION. ASSISTANT WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY MALCOLM XXX KILDUFF SAID
"I JUST CAN'T SAY. I JUST CAN'T SAY."
PRIESTS SAY KENNEDY DEAD. ."""
(the text on the page continues; this is just a partial excerpt.)
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Two rare Andy Warhol silkscreens on white wove paper comprising the signed colophon and text pages of his iconic 1968 "Flash" Portfolio, as well as Warhol's wraparound silkscreen of the distinctive teletype text. The colophon page silkscreen is hand signed by Andy Warhol and uniquely numbered XVII in pencil from the hors commerce edition, which, it expressly states, was not for sale. The second silkscreen sheet features teletype print describing events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy - the defining event of a generation as contemporaneously re-imagined by the most important Pop artist of the era.
Warhol created the "Flash - November 22, 1963" portfolio of prints in 1968 to depict the continuing media spectacle surrounding JFK's assassination. He named the portfolio after the news flash Teletype texts that reported the assassination and its aftermath - the first major news event played out live on TV. The Flash portfolio includes a series of eleven silkscreens depicting President Kennedy smiling broadly, a presidential seal with bullet holes through it, and other symbolic representations of that tragedy. The portfolio's cover includes an image of the New York World-Telegram front page with the headline "President Shot Dead." Warhol used screen printed Teletype texts as wrappers for the Portfolio.Warhol's use of media images and text underlines the notion that our collective understanding of the images is a result of a media construction - a topic as relevant today as it was fifty years ago, as the curators of a recent exhibition of Warhol prints at the Jepson Center so eloquently observed.
The sheet of teletype text, as well as the hand signed colophon page are highly collectible and frame-able pieces of art history- especially as the Colophon page bears the pencil signature and numbering of Andy Warhol.