After Warhol’s Death and Disaster series Henry Geldzahler said, “Enough death and disaster Andy, it’s time again for life.” And just like that Andy took a magazine image of flowers, cropped it into a square, and began color-blocking each blossom.
Warhol took Ethel Scull to an amusement arcade in Times Square and photographed her in a photo booth, creating twenty-four sheets of photographs. She initially protested but gradually began to enjoy herself, at least partly because Warhol was continuously tickling her. Ethel Scull reportedly said “What I liked about it mostly was that it was a portrait of being alive.”
The electric chair was first used by Warhol in 1964 in his Little Electric Chair series. These pieces were of the whole execution room. He cropped the image down to just the chair for the 1967 paintings then used the image again in 1971 in a portfolio of ten screenprints, these being known as Big Electric Chair, and finally once more in 1985.