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Art: The Death And Disaster Series By Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol began creating the Death and Disaster series in 1962. This past week the four-panel silk screened painting from his titled " 1964 Birmingham Race Riots" included in the "Death and Disaster" series, is estimated to sell for $45 million. It was a direct response to an article Warhol saw in Life magazine that ran with an image by Associated Press by Photographer Charles Moore.

Warhol and his assistant would create a stencil upon a mesh screen, carefully pouring a light sensitive emulsion paint over the stencil then add an black and white photograph. The screen is exposed to light, hardening the emulsion everywhere except where the image overlay has been placed. Warhol used ...view middle of the document...

Also, that year many of the Birmingham churches and homes were being bombed, killing many in their wake.

The Warhol "Race Riot" art piece clearly shows just once image of the police brutality and frightening violence that took place that year. Warhol created four panels in repetition showing the protesters, the two police and a man being bitten by the police dogs. You can see the man's pants being ripped from his body as he tried to run away. The image could be the still from a film, the way it creates a movement and well as take the viewer back to a very somber and disturbing time in history.

Many critics write about Warhol's take on death. His early childhood and fear of death after losing his father as well as the shift in his artwork after being shot by Valerie Solanas and reaching a near-death experience. In his book, "The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, From A to B and Back Again" he writes, "I don't believe in it, because you're not around to know that it's happened. I can't say anything about it because...

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