Out of Storage

9 12 2011:
All 10 Electric Chairs by Andy Warhol now on show
Andy Warhol, Electric Chairs, 1971. Photo Guus van den Akker

Finally all the ten electric chairs by Andy Warhol are on show in Out of Storage. 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.