Pop Art Prints

Andy Warhol
born Pittsburgh, PA 1928–died New York City 1987

Untitled (Birmingham, Alabama), from the portfolio Ten Works x Ten Painters
Museum purchase
© 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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.

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