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Andy Warhol
Birmingham Race Riot (FS II.3)

1964

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BIRMINGHAM RACE RIOT 3 Birmingham Race Riot 3 presents a sobering image of the civil disorder event that took place in Birmingham, Alabama. The piece represents social injustice, a theme not often explored by Andy Warhol. While many of his pieces may allude to societal issues, this print is one of the only Warhol pieces that explicitly demonstrates the need for racial equality﹣a major matter of contention in society at the time. Warhol adds none of his usual pomp and flair to this print, which is strictly black and white, much like the racial divide that was the source of unfair and inhumane treatment. The bold contrast of the black shadows against the stark-white- highlights emphasize the dramatic structure of the scene. BIRMINGHAM RACE RIOT 3 AS PART OF A LARGER BODY OF WORK Warhol recreated a scene that occurred in 1963 in which an agreement to partial desegregation of public spaces led to the violent clash between the Birmingham Police Department and black civilians of Birmingham. Birmingham Race Riot 3 is a print that was created early on in Warhol’s artistic career, which was based off a photograph taken by Charles Moore in Life Magazine, May 17, 1963. Warhol later made painted versions of the same subject.

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  • Artist
    Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987, American)
  • Creation Year
    1964
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Width: 24 in. (60.96 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    West Hollywood, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2637093962

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About Andy Warhol (Artist)

The name of American artist Andy Warhol is all but synonymous with Pop art, the movement he helped shape in the 1960s. He is known for his clever appropriation of motifs and images from popular advertising and commercials, which he integrated into graphic, vibrant works that utilized mass-production technologies such as printmaking, photography and silkscreening. Later in his career, he expanded his oeuvre to include other forms of media, founding Interview magazine and producing fashion shoots and films on-site at the Factory, his world-famous studio in New York.


     Born and educated in in Pittsburgh, Warhol moved to New York City in 1949 and built a successful career as a commercial illustrator. Although he made whimsical drawings as a hobby during these years, his career as a fine artist began in the mid-1950s with ink-blot drawings and hand-drawn silkscreens. The 1955 lithograph You Can Lead a Shoe to Water illustrates how he incorporated in his artwork advertising styles and techniques, in this case shoe commercials.


     As a child, Warhol was often sick and spent much of his time in bed, where he would make sketches and put together collections of movie-star photographs. He described this period as formative in terms of his skills and interests. Indeed, Warhol remained obsessed with celebrities throughout his career, often producing series devoted to a famous face or an object from the popular culture, such as Chairman Mao or Campbell’s tomato soup. The1967 silkscreen Marilyn 25 embodies his love of bright color and famous subjects.


     Warhol was a prominent cultural figure in New York during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The Factory was a gathering place for the era’s celebrities, writers, drag queens and fellow artists, and collaboration was common. To this day, Warhol remains one of the most important artists of the 20th century and continues to exert influence on contemporary creators.

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