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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 81748
Electric Chair, 1971

Screenprint, on wove paper
35.5 х 48 in. (90.17 x 121.92 cm.)
Signed, stamped
Print/Casting Year 1971
Edition 220/250
Foundry/Publisher Bruno Bischofsberger, Zürich, Switzerland
Lot description
Screenprint in colors on wove paper, signed and dated '71' and stamp numbered 220/250 on verso (there were also 50 artist's proofs), published/printed by Bruno Bischofberger/Silkprint Kettner, Zürich, the full sheet. sheet 35 1/2 x 48in Framed beautifully 53 x 40.5

Warhol's Electric Chairs from his death and disaster canon are considered his most famous images. Created in the mid-60s and made into prints in the 1970s, they represent some of the artist's most controversial and thought-provoking works even today. Warhol has abstracted the image as to almost obliterate it, reducing the image to a notation or blueprint. Created when the artist was at the top of his game. It was published by famed Swiss gallerist Bruno Bischofberger who was one of the first European dealers to realize Warhol's importance, and built numerous museum collections in Europe long before Warhol gained prominence in America. Colors very fresh, in fine condition. Framed in Plexiglas. Work has not been examined out of the frame.

Andy Warhol (1927-1987) is the most widely recognized artist of the 1960s Pop Art movement, a genre that would change the American art market indefinitely. Warhol received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949, and subsequently moved to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. It was not long before he was creating ground-breaking works, including paintings, prints, photographs, and films, that brought attention to American pop culture and the lifestyle of Hollywood celebrities. Warhol embraced market culture and helped to lead a change in the New York art scene that would in turn influence others to also look to consumer culture and goods for artistic inspiration. Today, he is regarded as one of the most prominent artists of the twentieth century, contributing not only thousands of works of art that are housed in museums and collections worldwide but also an iconic style that would impact the art market and artists alike for decades. His works have been exhibited in over two thousand exhibitions, including retrospectives at The Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (2008); Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France (1990); and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1989).

Selected Public Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA)
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL)
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Electric Chair by Andy Warhol
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