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

  • Andy Warhol, Untitled (Birmingham, Alabama), from the portfolio Ten Works x Ten Painters, 1964, screenprint on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2014 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Museum purchase, 1965.37.2E

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

Title
Untitled (Birmingham, Alabama), from the portfolio Ten Works x Ten Painters
Artist
Printer
Publisher
Date
1964
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
20 x 24 in. (50.8 x 61.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums Description
screenprint on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Animal – dog
  • History – United States – Black History
  • Occupation – service – policeman
  • State of being – evil – danger
  • History – United States – Civil Rights Movement
  • Landscape – Alabama – Birmingham
Object Number
1965.37.2E
Palette
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