Andy Warhol, ‘Electric Chair (FS II.78)’, 1971, Revolver Gallery

Title: Electric Chair 78
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 78 as part of his Death and Disaster series. This print is the most eerie in the portfolio. Warhol uses only black and white ink in this print. The bright white highlighting the chair, produces a haunting feeling within the viewer. Unlike the other prints in this portfolio, these color choices divert from the traditionally bright pop art colors. Warhol chose the controversial subject matter for this portfolio to comment on how society has become numb to tragedies that are shown in mass media so often. The release of this portfolio coincided with the final executions by electric chair at New York’s Sing Sing State Penitentiary. Collectors enjoy this portfolio for the controversial subject matter and the uproar that they created in the media.

Series: Death and Disaster, 1971

Signature: Signed and dated ’71 in ballpoint pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso; some signed in pencil.

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