Electric Chair 83 by Andy Warhol
Title: Electric Chair 83
Medium: Screenprint on Paper
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.