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  • Literature

    Frayda Feldman and Jörg Schellmann 74-83

  • Catalogue Essay

    Thursday, December 12, 1985  The Boston Museum returned the Electric Chair painting because they said the shade of red was off. It was slightly different, and I told them that would make it more interesting, but they still wanted to send it back for me to think about it. If they had it next to the black panel it wouldn't matter anyway. I think they're just procrastinating. But it costs around $4,000 every time you ship it somewhere with the insurance and everything. And Fred was going to Atlanta.
    Monday, January 20, 1986  Jean Michel woke me up at 6:00 this morning and I went back to sleep and now my tongue can hardly move. He's got problems because he's trying to get Shenge out of the house, he says he's supporting him for three years, but the main reason is that (laughs) Shenge is now painting like he is. They're copies of his paintings. Jennifer's away. And oh, Jean Michel must be so hard to live with. I told him I'd had dinner with Kenny and the Chows and he wanted to know why I didn't invite him and I said that I'd called him three days ago and he didn't call back.  Fred said that the Boston Museum people were still vague about whether they were going to buy the Big Electric Chair or not.
    Andy Warhol, The Andy Warhol Diaries, edited by Pat Hackett, Warner Books, Inc., 1989, p. 699 and p. 709

  • 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

The complete set of ten screenprints in colors, on wove paper, the full sheets,
all S. 35 1/2 x 48 in. (90.2 x 121.9 cm)
all signed and dated '71' in black ball-point pen and stamp numbered 201/250 on the reverse (there were also 50 artist's proofs in Roman numerals), published by Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich (with their copyright stamp on the reverse), all with the Andy Warhol Authentication Board, Inc. stamps on the reverse, all in excellent condition, all unframed.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $110,500

Modern & Contemporary Editions

2 June 2009, 2pm
New York