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Electric Chair Complete Portfolio, 1971

Print

Screenprint on Paper

35.50 x 48.00 in

90.2 x 121.9 cm

Edition of 250

signed and dated ’71 in ball-point pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso; some signed in pencil

PRICE: $690,000
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    About The Work

    Andy Warhol created a portfolio of ten different Electric Chairs in 1971. The idea of taking an object that held so much power, and isolating it, abstracting it and repeating it, is something that Warhol continues to do throughout his career. By doing so, the image is no longer about the electric chair and what it does, it’s about the image itself and the colors found in it.

    One of Warhol’s most famous series was his "Death and Disaster" series where he explored images of plane crashes, suicides and car crashes found in the media. They are his most controversial and thought-provoking works, even today adding another dimension to Warhol’s artwork. Warhol first used the image of the electric chair in 1963, which was the year that New York State had its final to executions at Sing Sing Penitentiary. During that time, there was a lot of political controversy around the death penalty in America, which is why Warhol wanted to explore the idea in his work. Also, Warhol was preoccupied with the numerous news reports about violent deaths and he felt that by taking images from the media and repeating them he would remove their meaning. 

    Courtesy of ЯEVOLVER Gallery

    About Andy Warhol

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    • This work is framed. Frame measurements are 36.50" x 49.00".
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