Andy Warhol, ‘Electric Chair 79 by Andy Warhol’, 1971, Revolver Gallery

Title: Electric Chair 79
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 79 for his Death and Disaster series. This print is one of the most somber in the portfolio because of the dark colors chosen by Warhol. The dark blue and black create almost a monochromatic image that forces the viewer to focus on the print to see the subject matter. The electric chair subject matter caused an uproar in the media when it was first exhibited. The media picked up this portfolio because it happened to be released the same year that New York’s Sing Sing State Penitentiary performed its final execution by electric chair. The high profile subject matter of this portfolio draws collectors to acquire these prints.

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, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York