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Red Disaster

1963, 1985

Andy Warhol, American, 1928–1987


Dimensions

Two panels, each 236.2 x 203.8 cm (93 x 80 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

1986.161a-b

Medium or Technique

Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas

On View

Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser Gallery (Gallery 262)

Collections

Americas , Contemporary Art

Classifications

Paintings

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