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WARHOL, Andy

Electric Chair

Stock Code
103223
1971
£32,500

Electric Chair is part of Warhol's substantial Death and Disaster series which he started in 1962, early examples of which depicted car crashes and suicides as illustrated in newspaper images. With this series Warhol began to explore the effect of reproducing such images repeatedly across a canvas, testing his hypothesis that, as he suggested in 1963, 'when you see a gruesome picture over and over again, it doesn't really have an effect'.

Warhol began using the image of the electric chair in 1963, the same year as the two final executions in New York State. Over the next decade, he repeatedly returned to the subject, reflecting the political controversy surrounding the death penalty in America in the 1960s. The chair, and its brutal reduction of life to nothingness, is given a typically deadpan presentation by Warhol.

The image of an unoccupied electric chair in an empty execution chamber becomes a poignant metaphor

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Description

Screenprint in colours, 1971, on Velin Arches paper, signed and dated verso in ball point pen, numbered from the edition of 250, printed by Silkprint Kettner, Zurich, published by Bischofberger, Zurich,. with the Andy Warhol stamp, verso, 89.5 x 121.5cm (35¼ x 47¾ in).

Bibliography

Feldmann & Shellmann II.81

Stock ID:103223

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