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Electric Chair
Andy Warhol
each sheet 35.5 × 48 × inches
screenprint on paper
On view at the Walker Art Center

Object Details

Prints (Edition Prints/Proofs)
Accession Number
all signed in ink on reverse BL “Andy Warhol ‘71”; all inscribed in offset ink BR “© Copyright Factory Additions/Edition Bischofberger Zürich 138/250”
Physical Description
portfolio of ten screenprints; ten different color variations of an electric chair
Silkprint Kettner, Zurich, Switzerland
Credit Line
McKnight Acquisition Fund, 1995

object label Andy Warhol, Electric Chair (1971) Walker Art Center, 1999

In 1962, Andy Warhol started a series of silkscreened paintings of death and disasters that included photographs of suicides, plane and car crashes, and tragedy-stricken celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy. All the images were taken from the print media. He depicted an electric chair in several groups of silk-screens throughout the 1960s, the first in 1963–the same year that New York’s Sing Sing State Penetentiary performed its last two executions by electric chair (capital punishment was banned in the United States from 1963-1997). For his 1968 retrospective at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Warhol produced yet another series, of which these works are a part. In these prints, however, he made some variations: he cropped the image to bring the electric chair to the foreground, and screened it in a variety of colors other than black, occasionally printing off-register double images. By the artist’s account, the replication of the image was intended to “empty” it of meaning.

Walker solo exhibition: Andy Warhol Drawings, 1942-1987, 1999

Label text for Andy Warhol, Electric Chair (1971), from the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, September 5, 1999 to September 2, 2001.

Copyright 1999 Walker Art Center