This 1968 portfolio was named for "news flash" Teletype texts reporting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The portfolio's cover includes an image of the November 22, 1963, New York World-Telegram front page with the headline "President Shot Dead." Screenprinted Teletype texts, relaying the unfolding situation, are used as "wrappers" to surround the screenprinted images related to the assassination. Warhol's use of this news story more than four years after it first shocked the nation presents an afterimage that suggests the media and public obsession with the tragedy. "I'd been thrilled having Kennedy as president," mused the artist: "he was handsome, young, smart—but it didn't bother me much that he was dead. What bothered me was the way the 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."

Andy Warhol, Flash – November 22, 1963, 1968, portfolio of eleven screenprints with eleven pages of Teletype text by Phillip Greer, plus three additional screenprints and cloth cover, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

© 2011 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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