In praise of ... Art in the at­tic

The Guardian Weekly - - Comment & Debate - Ed­ward Hel­more

The rock star Alice Cooper has found an Andy Warhol mas­ter­piece that could be worth mil­lions “rolled up in a tube” in a stor­age locker, where it lay for­got­ten for more than 40 years.

The work in ques­tion is a red Lit­tle Elec­tric Chair silkscreen, from Warhol’s Death and Dis­as­ter se­ries. It sat in stor­age along­side tour­ing arte­facts in­clud­ing an elec­tric chair that Cooper used in the early 70s as part of his ghoul­ish stage show.

Ac­cord­ing to Shep Gor­don, the singer’s man­ager, Cooper and Warhol be­came friends at the Max’s Kansas City venue in New York City.

Warhol went to see a con­cert in which Cooper feigned elec­tro­cu­tion in a chair iden­ti­cal to the one in Warhol’s print. The im­age is based on a press pho­to­graph from 13 Jan­uary 1953 of the death cham­ber at Sing Sing prison, where Julius and Ethel Rosen­berg were ex­e­cuted that year.

Gor­don said the singer was con­sid­er­ing hang­ing his Lit­tle Elec­tric Chair in his home.

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