The ability to turn a catastrophe into a work of art is a talent among many the famous artist Andy Warhol possessed. Warhol made a remarkable uprising all throughout the nineteen sixties and seventies during the pop art movement. Among many of his widely known works one particularly seized my interest, a piece entitled 16 Jackies. After the devastating assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, Andy used four headshots of the former First Lady, Jackie Kennedy in a moving silk screen composition.
Four images taken from Life magazine were used in a grid like pattern in both respectful and touching ways. Two of the four pictures were shortly before the shooting, one placed at the top and the other positioned at the bottom. The middle two portraits were taken at the swearing in of Lyndon Johnson, and at the capitol, after the death of her husband. This four by four creation was tinted in shades of blue and gray acrylic, possibly to represent the depressing emotions Jackie and the country experienced after this loss. Sixteen Jackies holds many themes often used by Warhol, his adoration of American icons as shown in many other works of art, also his fixation with death. An important part to his Disaster Series,. Well since my essay is too short I’m going to type a bunch of nonsense about this work of Andy Warhol. When I actually did turn this essay in, don’t say Andy like me, say Warhol, you will indeed loose points.