Electric Chair

Andy Warhol American
Printer Silkprint Kettner, Zurich Swiss
Publisher Bruno Bischofberger

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Warhol’s Electric Chair reiterates 10 times in 10 different, often lurid hues the same 1953 press photograph of the chamber at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York where Julius and Ethel Rosenberg would soon be executed. Warhol famously endorsed repetition as both an artistic strategy and a personal philosophy: "I like things to be exactly the same over and over again," he once said. Despite his cool, neutral delivery, Warhol’s use of repetition is charged with compulsive energy, especially when he replicates scenes of trauma, violence, and disaster, as he does here.

Electric Chair, Andy Warhol (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1928–1987 New York), Screenprint from a portfolio of ten

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