Andy Warhol Electric Chair 1964

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Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Electric Chair
Date 1964
Medium Screenprint and acrylic paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 562 x 711 mm
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Not on display

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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 for death.

May 2002

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