Warhol, Orange Car Crash Fourteen Times
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2010
Orange Car Crash Fourteen Times (1963)
Many of Warhol's paintings, with their candy colours and flat surfaces, can seem light, superficial and frivolous. But his series of Death and Disaster paintings reveal a very different side to the artist's output. Everyday tragedies such as car and plane crashes and suicides were reproduced multiple times across a canvas, echoing the way in which the stories had been originally reported by a sensational media - over and over again with little or no sympathy for their subjects.
The footage of the assassination of President Kennedy, for instance, was shown repeatedly in the Sixties, just as we are now used to the over-exposed film of the Twin Towers collapsing on September 11, 2001.