Green Car Crash
Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I) is one of the representative paintings of the Pop Culture. It is a part of the Death and Disaster series painted by Andy Warhol in 1963. The painting is attributed to Warhol himself, but it is assumed that his assistant Gerard Malanga had a huge contribution to this creation. Green Car Crash is one of the highly valued paintings of this collection. Green Car Crash was finished in 1963. It was inspired by some photographs taken by John Whitehead and published in the Newsweek magazine. The car was pursued by the Seattle police. The driver lost control of the wheel at 60 miles per hour (97 km/h), crashing into a utility pole. Green Car Crash (Green Burning Car I) is the only Warhol “Burning Car” painting of five (all based on Whitehead’s photograph) to utilize a color other than black and white.
Green Car Crash
CHICAGO (WLS) — Three people were injured, including two women who were standing on the street, when a hit-and-run driver caused a car to crash into the historic Green Door Tavern bar in River North, police said.Police say that around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning, a dark blue Toyota ran a red light at Orleans and hit a silver car, sending it flying into the Green Door Tavern. The driver of the silver car also sustained injuries, according to police.”All of a sudden the whole room shook and there was a loud boom when the car hit. So everybody was freaked out,” said Joe Garber, who was inside at the time of the crash. “Car came through the red light and the car was coming this way, they collided in the street and the car that was coming from Orleans, it came straight into here. I was in bed and it shook the whole building,” said Green Door manager Jorge Gomez, who lives upstairs.All three injured were taken to hospitals to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.Police say the driver of the blue Toyota and three additional people inside of it ran away, and they are still searching for the driver. No one is currently in custody.”I just saw a bunch of people surrounding everything that’s going on over there,” said Tito Acevedo, who witnessed the crash. “And the cars that were just like, one was pinned to the pole right there, almost looked like it was going to go inside the Green Tavern building. And another car that was off to the side. And then a bunch of people hopped out the vehicle, hopped into another car that was behind them and took off.”The Green Door Tavern, a historic bar that opened in 1921, also suffered some damage. The bar and restaurant posted a message to their Facebook page about the accident saying, in part, “Our building, while bruised, appears that it will be standing another 100+ years!”They also said they will open as usual at 10 a.m. for brunch.
Green Car Crash
The Warhol, “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster),” is one of only four double-paneled car crash paintings that Warhol created in 1963, at 35, and the last of its size left in private hands. The three others are in museums, and this one has belonged to celebrated collectors including Gunter Sachs, Charles Saatchi and Thomas Ammann. It was being sold by an unidentified European collector who had owned it for more than 20 years. There were five bidders who went as high as $80 million, according to Tobias Meyer, the evening’s auctioneer, who declined to name the winner.
In researching this historical suggestion, however, we have not found any authoritative data linking Warhol to Nader in this campaign. First and foremost, Warhol’s Car Crash paintings were actually part of a series of paintings called The Death and Disaster Series, created in 1962 and 1963. Ralph Nader wrote his book two years later. It is not known whether Nader was aware of Warhol’s paintings, but there is no indication via research that Warhol was directed by Nader to make these paintings.
Part of Warhol’s idea with the multiple-image paintings was described in an Art News interview where he said: “But when you see a gruesome picture over and over again, it really doesn’t have any effect.” So with these paintings, Warhol is commenting on how the daily repetition of pictures of death and destruction that he was seeing in the newspaper and on tv was numbing the public to the true horror of the various situations. You can see how Warhol is using repetitive imagery in these additional Car Crash and Electric Chair paintings shown below from the “Death and Disaster Series.”
Cover from Ralph Nader’s 1965 book “Unsafe At Any Speed,” below left; below right is Andy Warhol’s “5 deaths,” 1963. In researching this historical suggestion, however, we have not found any authoritative data linking Warhol to Nader in this campaign. First and foremost, Warhol’s Car Crash paintings were actually part of a series of paintings called The Death and Disaster Series, created in 1962 and 1963. Ralph Nader wrote his book two years later. It is not known whether Nader was aware of Warhol’s paintings, but there is no indication via research that Warhol was directed by Nader to make these paintings. (If there are any art historians out there who can contradict this assumption and provide data showing a connection, we’d love to see it!)
“Driving back from Standing Rock last night I totaled my car; it rolled at least 5 times, leaving me with four broken ribs,” Menconi, of Carbondale, said on Facebook. A campaign assistant was also injured.