Death and Disasters by Andy Warhol - AbeBooksAndy Warhol's Death and Disaster series have always sat fairly high within the pop canon. Within the market too, they remain highly sought after. So how do these dark icons of 20th century life fare against the era's great engine of growth? Artnet thinks death still sells. While we can't vouch for the figures and calculations presented, it does look as if Hirst did well to bag that electric chair six years ago. Artnet's own offering, a series of "rare experimental prints" including Satyric Festival Song , might not have the same gravitas as the moodier, earlier images, though they certainly appear to be beautiful works and sound investments.
It became his most powerful icon. Although the pictures seem identical, no two are exactly alike. They are often configured differently, and the colours of their backgrounds vary from ominous reds and purples to pretty pastel hues. The chair itself is remarkably ordinary, apart from the clutter of trailing tubes and straps that dangle from its left arm. Positioned in the death chamber, it remains hauntingly unoccupied — a surrogate body with back, arms and legs, awaiting its next victim. Four Electric Chairs by Andy Warhol.
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