Andy Warhol

Electric Chair (F. & S. 74), 1971

Screenprint in colors, on wove paper, signed and dated in ink on the reverse, stamp numbered, edition of 250 (there were also 50 artist proofs in Roman numerals), with the Factory Additions and Edition Bischofberger inkstamps, New York and Zürich
36 x 48 inches (90.2 x 121.9 cm.)
Very Good
Private Collection
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Andy Warhol, the leading figure of the 1960s Pop Art avant-garde movement, is now one of the most acclaimed figures of the 20th century. He was a highly skilled multidisciplinary artist, debuting as a commercial illustrator, who originated controversial and necessary conversations on the value of fine versus commercial art. Warhol was a pop culture lover, obsessed with consumer goods, celebrities and advertising, using every day subject matter to depict a portrait of the America of his time.

Based on a press photograph from 1953 of the death chamber at a New York prison in which Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for spying on behalf of the Soviet Union, Electric Chair is part of one of his earliest and most substantial series, titled Death and Disaster. In this series, Warhol explores his fascination with death and its presence and impact in our daily lives by repeatedly reproducing newspaper images depicting tragedies. The silence and graveness generated by the absence of a human presence contrasts with the vibrant and lightweight yellow, challenging our relationship with death. Warhol is still one of the pivotal figures of contemporary art history and highly admired by galleries and collectors.

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