- June 3, 1968 – Valerie Solanas shot Andy Warhol
- July 28 – released after 2 months in hospital
- June 4, 1962 – 128 Die in Jet – headline in NY Daily News
Andy Warhol Death and Disaster series
Death & Disaster series – mainly 1962 & 1963. Provide a counterpoint to Pop images like Campbell’s Soup Cans – Images provoke anxiety in viewer. Represent a breach of faith in products of Industrial Revolution.
the repetition of the crude images does force attention to the awful banality of the accident and the tawdry exploitation by which we come to know the misfortunes of strangers… [we might also] understand it to mean the grim predictability, day after day, of more events with an identical outcome, the leveling sameness with which real, not symbolic, death erupts in our experience.
Death in Celebrity
Death also a theme in Warhol celebrity portraits: Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor, Jackie Kennedy.
Death resurfaces as a theme in Warhol’s output in late 70’s & 80’s
Stephen Koch, Stargazer – Death: subject, theme, allegory
Many artists have considered death in their work: from Goya to Damien Hirst. Yet’s it’s interesting to consider how Warhol applies his Pop Art perspective to this difficult theme.
Anthony d’Offay, Keith Hartley & Glyn Davis, in conversation
Warhol Retrospective, 2007, National Galleries of Scotland