Andy Warhol American, 1928 -1987
Nine Jackies 1964
Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas
In the weeks following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963, Warhol began to collect pictures of the widowed First Lady that flooded the popular press. He had silk screens made of the various Jackie images and, upon his move into a new studio (The first of his famous New York “Factories”) on East 47th Street at the end of January 1964, began to print them on small canvases with blue-and gold-colored backgrounds. The close-cropped image here reproduces a moment shortly before any shots were fired, and the replication of the picture, over and over again, places the ubiquitous coverage and public obsession with the tragic event in high relief.
Gift of Halson, 1983