“Little Electric Chair,” the black-and-blood-red Andy Warhol silkscreen legendary rocker Alice Cooper discovered in storage and plans to auction off this fall will be available for public viewing at Scottsdale’s Larsen Gallery during the Thursday ArtWalk on June 24.
The acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas will be displayed from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery for one day only.
Larsen Gallery is at 3705 N. Bishop Lane, Scottsdale.
Cooper chose Larsen in Scottsdale to sell the 22-by-28-inch work he famously forgot had been sitting in storage for decades until he found it rolled up in a tube.
As the rocker explained in a press release, “I was never a Warhol collector. When I collect, I like to collect a lot of pieces and I’m not going to get any more Warhols. Somebody is probably looking for this electric chair and I have it.”
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Cooper and Warhol met in New York City at Max’s Kansas City and went clubbing together at Studio 54 in the ’70s.
His girlfriend at the time, Cindy Lang, bought the Warhol image in 1974 as a birthday present for the shock-rock icon. Cooper was known for using an electric chair as one of several methods of simulating his own execution on stage.
When he recently decided to sell the image, Cooper said he wanted an Arizona gallery to handle the auction.
Larsen Gallery owners Scott and Polly Larsen will donate a portion of the gallery’s commission to Cooper’s non-profit Solid Rock Foundation, which offers support and community to local Arizona teenagers.
The artwork, expected to fetch between $2.5 and $4.5 million, could be Arizona’s highest-selling artwork to date when it’s auctioned off to the highest bidder at the 2021 Fall Larsen Art Auction on Oct. 23.
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The public display will include the painting itself and photos of Cooper and Warhol.
Scott and Polly Larsen will be on hand to answer questions, talk about the artwork and register potential bidders for the Oct. 23 auction.
Guests will be treated to a live performance by indie-folk singer-songwriter Sophie Dorsten from Cooper’s Solid Rock Foundation.
In a press release, Scott Larsen said, “We are excited to share this important Andy Warhol with the City of Scottsdale during the Thursday ArtWalk. Alice wanted to be sure to give the public the opportunity to see the work in person before it is sold. Maybe we can even find local Alice Cooper fans to be bidders this fall.”
For more information or to register to bid for the 2021 Larsen Art Auction, visit the auction’s website at larsenartauction.com or contact the gallery at 480-941-0900.
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