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  • In a striking departure from the expected seriality of the prints and paintings, Warhol produced Flash -November 32, 1963 (II.32 - 42), a 1968 portfolio of eleven prints that extended his earlier interest in the assassination of John F. Kennedy and is related to the paintings and prints of Jackie Kennedy. Ready-made images, fragmented and non- linear, are joined by words that recount the story of Kennedy's murder through the news photos capturing the event and the Teletype report announcing the tragedy to the world. The unexpected colors make the event more surreal than real. Though this portfolio comes close in structure to the illustrated books Warhol produced throughout the 1950s, it has an affinity with later more abstract works. One particular print (II.32), in black and gray inks, virtually dematerializes Kennedy's face, a transformation that results in an afterimage, or imprint left on the brain. The portfolio's cover is based on the front page of the New York World Telegram for November 22, the day of Kennedy's assassination, and is overlaid with flowers. Ironically, in 1968, an assassination attempt was made on Warhol's life by Valerie Solans, a writer and activist, and he was hospitalized for two months.
    — Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann, Andy Warhol Prints, p. 25

    • Literature

      Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann 32-42

    • Artist Biography

      Andy Warhol

      American • 1928 - 1987

      Andy Warhol was the leading exponent of the Pop Art movement in the U.S. in the 1960s. Following an early career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol achieved fame with his revolutionary series of silkscreened prints and paintings of familiar objects, such as Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe. Obsessed with popular culture, celebrity and advertising, Warhol created his slick, seemingly mass-produced images of everyday subject matter from his famed Factory studio in New York City. His use of mechanical methods of reproduction, notably the commercial technique of silk screening, wholly revolutionized art-making.

      Working as an artist, but also director and producer, Warhol produced a number of avant-garde films in addition to managing the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founding Interview magazine. A central figure in the New York art scene until his untimely death in 1987, Warhol was notably also a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.


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Flash - November 22, 1963 (F. & S. 32-42)

The complete set of 11 screenprints in colors, on wove paper, with cover page on cloth mounted to cardboard, colophon and Teletype text pages.
all S. 21 x 21 in. (53.3 x 53.3 cm)
cover 22 1/4 x 44 1/4 in. (56.5 x 112.4 cm)
case 23 x 22 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (58.4 x 57.2 x 4.4 cm)

All signed in blue ink on the reverse, additionally signed and numbered '95' in blue ink on the colophon (from the edition of 200, there was also an edition of 26 in Roman numerals and 10 lettered A-J), published by Racolin Press, Inc., Briarcliff Manor, New York, all framed.

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New York Auction 24-26 October 2023