Andy Warhol, ‘Electric Chair 83 by Andy Warhol’, 1971, Revolver Gallery

Title: Electric Chair 83
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 83 for his portfolio of ten screenprints in 1971. He first used an image of an electric chair in 1963, the same year that New York had its final two executions. His return to the subject in the 1971 produced a series of 10 different color variations of the same electric chair. True to his pop art style, Warhol used a bright yellow for both the subject and the background, accenting the shape of the chair with a vibrant blue. Andy Warhol repeated this image in Electric Chair 83 in 10 different variations of bold, bright colors for his Electric Chair portfolio. The repetition of the powerful image was intended to empty it of its meaning.

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