Red Disaster

In 1962 Warhol began reproducing newspaper images in a series of paintings he called Death and Disasters. The images include car wrecks, plane crashes, and, as here, an electric chair. But the series is not about violence so much as the power of the media and the way that, as Warhol said, “when you see a gruesome picture over and over again, it really doesn’t have any effect.”

Inscription

Written in Warhol's own hand, upside down across the top of the reverse side of the painting:



1963 Andy Warhol 1963 Andy Warhol

Provenance

Andy Warhol Studio, New York; to MFA, Boston, 1986

Credit Line

Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund

Copyright

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

Red Disaster

Dimensions
Two panels, each 236.2 x 203.8 cm (93 x 80 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Classification
Paintings
Accession Number
1986.161a-b
On view
Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Gallery (What is it about?) - 262

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