16 Jackies 1964
acrylic, enamel on canvas
Collection Walker Art Center
Art Center Acquisition Fund, 1968
American artist Andy Warhol was an important member of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. Pop artists used everyday objects and images in their art. Warhol took pictures he found in newspapers and magazines, and often made paintings, prints, or drawings in which the same image was repeated many times. For 16 Jackies, he used four photographs that he took from Life magazine. He multiplied each four times, then arranged the images in a grid pattern.
Warhol made 16 Jackies in response to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The woman depicted is Jacqueline Kennedy, the president's wife. The top and bottom photographs were taken moments before her husband's death, and the two pictures in the middle were taken shortly afterward. The president's death and its affect on his family and the country was widely
covered in the news broadcasts around the world. People were glued to their television sets for days, watching many of the same scenes again and again as they waited for further details about the tragedy.
©1999 Andy Warhol Foundation
for the Visual Arts/ARS, New York