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ANDY WARHOL Nine Jackies, 1964

The events that transpired on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, when John F. Kennedy was assasinated, presented Andy Warhol with a jarring opportunity. Warhol sought out the various images of Jackie Kennedy before and after the assassination. The images that Warhol began to silkscreen—eight in total—were drawn from a variety of sources, among them Life Magazine and several prominent newspapers. In this way, the images of Jackie that Warhol chose to work with were already familiar to many Americans—a recognition that magnified their significance for the viewer of the paintings. This was one of Warhol's legendary skills, possessing an acute sensitivity in identifying and employing an image as a readymade icon.

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