Jackie Frieze, 1964
20 x 128 x 1 1/2 in. (50.8 x 325.1 x 3.8 cm).
Partial and promised gift of Beatrice Cummings Mayer.
Andy Warhol began using the silk-screen process in his paintings in the early 1960s and continued to challenge and explore the limits of the medium throughout his career until his death in 1987. Not only did the repeating nature of his silk-screened images connect to his interest in popular culture and especially advertising, but he also welcomed the irregularities that occurred from image to image and how simple shifts of color could alter meaning. Warhol’s source material for this image were a newspaper images of former first lady Jackie Kennedy (American, 1929–94) in the hours before and immediately following her husband President John F. Kennedy’s (American, 1917–63) assassination.