Red Disaster

1963, 1985
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



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.”


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

1963 Andy Warhol 1963 Andy Warhol


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

Credit Line

Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund


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