Andy Warhol, ‘Electric Chair (FS II.81)’, 1971, Revolver Gallery

Title: Electric Chair 81
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 81 for his Death and Disaster series. This print is unique in the portfolio because Warhol uses more than just two colors. The image of the electric chair and its surroundings is brought to life by the use of a dark brown. Over this simple color, Warhol haphazardly applies shades of red, yellow and orange and brush strokes are visible. As part of Warhol’s most controversial and thought provoking series, the Electric Chair portfolio opens up a dialog between the viewer and the work about how society has become numb to images of tragedy. The pop art nature of this series caused an uproar with critics because many thought Warhol was paying respect the subject matter he chose. Collectors enjoy this print due to the notoriety of the subject matter and the unique colors chosen by Pop Art King, Andy Warhol.

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, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York