Andy Warhol - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale New York Thursday, November 17, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Bruno Bischoferger, Zurich
    Private Collection
    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, November 12, 2004, lot 283
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Warhol Unlimited, October 2, 2015 - February 7, 2016, cat. no. 242, pp. 170-171 (another example exhibited and illustrated)
    Melbourne, National Gallery of Victoria; Pittsburgh, The Andy Warhol Museum, Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, December 11, 2015 - September 11, 2016, p. 149 (another example exhibited and one print illustrated)

  • Literature

    Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann, Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962-1987, Milan, 2003, no. 11.74-11.83, pp. 77-78 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "You'd be surprised how many people want to hang an electric chair on their living-room wall. Specially if the background color matches the drapes." Andy Warhol

  • Artist Biography

    Andy Warhol

    American • 1928 - 1987

    Andy Warhol was the leading exponent of the Pop Art movement in the U.S. in the 1960s. Following an early career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol achieved fame with his revolutionary series of silkscreened prints and paintings of familiar objects, such as Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe. Obsessed with popular culture, celebrity and advertising, Warhol created his slick, seemingly mass-produced images of everyday subject matter from his famed Factory studio in New York City. His use of mechanical methods of reproduction, notably the commercial technique of silk screening, wholly revolutionized art-making.

    Working as an artist, but also director and producer, Warhol produced a number of avant-garde films in addition to managing the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founding Interview magazine. A central figure in the New York art scene until his untimely death in 1987, Warhol was notably also a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.


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Electric Chairs

each signed and dated "Andy Warhol '71" on the reverse; further stamped with Bruno Birschofberger copyright stamp on the reverse
the complete portfolio of 10 color screenprints on paper
each 35 1/2 x 48 in. (90.2 x 121.9 cm.)
Executed in 1971, this work is artist's proof 21 from an edition of 250 plus 50 artist's proofs, published by Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich.

$180,000 - 220,000 

Sold for $212,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

New York Auction 17 November 2016