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Untitled (Birmingham, Alabama), from the portfolio Ten Works x Ten Painters

1964 Andy Warhol Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1928 Died: New York, New York 1987 Wadsworth Atheneum (Publisher) Ives-Sillman (Printer) screenprint on paper 20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 1965.37.2E Not currently on view


Exhibition Label

In May 1963, photographers swarmed to catch a glimpse of civil rights demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama. Their cameras documented harrowing scenes such as this one, in which a man is trapped between police dogs attacking him from two directions. Andy Warhol used a photograph from Time magazine as the source of Untitled (Birmingham, Alabama). He increased the contrast of light and dark to eliminate details and emphasize the moment's tension. The resulting print casts a light on the gulf between nonviolent protestors and local authorities at the time.

Pop Art Prints, 2014

Keywords

Animal - dog

Ethnic - African-American

Figure group

History - United States - Black History

History - United States - Civil Rights Movement

Landscape - Alabama - Birmingham

Occupation - service - policeman

State of being - evil - danger

graphic arts - print

paper

screenprint