Andy Warhol, ‘Electric Chair (FS II.74) ’, 1971, Revolver Gallery

Title: Electric Chair 74
Medium: Screenprint on Paper
Year: 1971
Size: 35 ½” x 48”
Edition: Edition of 250 signed and dated ’71 in ballpoint pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso; some signed in pencil. Portfolio of 10.

Andy Warhol created Electric Chair 74 as part as his Death and Disaster series. This portfolio depicts one of Warhol’s most controversial choices in subject matter. Depicting a lone electric chair used in penitentiary executions, Warhol forces the viewer to be face to face with the tragic loss of life that society has become numb to. This portfolio was criticized by the media for being overly controversial because it was exhibited the same year that New York’s Sing Sing State Penitentiary performed its last execution by electric chair. Featuring a background of mustard yellow, the subject matter of this print is revealed by the use of blue ink. This series is a favorite among collectors because of the strong feelings invoked from the subject matter and the bright pop art colors that Warhol employs.

Series: Death and Disaster, 1971

Signature: Signed and dated '71 in ballpoint pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso.

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States