A Glamorous Death

 

In 1962, Andy Warhol began appropriating images of violent death from the pages of America’s newspapers and silk-screening them as the subjects of a series he called Death & Disaster. He made these deaths famous, but he also had an insight: that Americans had become inured to the horror of these images by their constant repetition in the news. He also knew that America had an insatiable lust for celebrity, violence & death.

 

 

 

 

I was moved by these images, yet in a new century where we are even further over-saturated with imagery. My reaction was to re-create the original black & white photographs as miniature dioramas and photograph them in full color, taking a few liberties. They have been produced on film for viewing as a Viewmaster reel, and are delivered in a film canister. In Andy’s honor, I call this series¬†A Glamorous Death,¬†and the images are titled with their own news headlines.

 

 

 

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FIVE DEATHS!

 

HINDENBURG BLAST KILLS 35!

 

SPIES DIE IN CHAIR!

 

129 DIE IN JET!

 

MOB BOSS SLAIN!

 

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING SUICIDE!