Jessie and Ronald Cooper (Kentucky, 1932-2012) outsider art assemblage titled "Heaven & Hell Radio Cabinet," comprised of an old wooden radio cabinet shell, the exterior painted with depictions of Heaven and Hell; the divided interior with small carved painted wood dancing figures on top, while other carved human figures appear to burn in misery below, with a looming devil figure at center. Other figures are painted falling into the abyss along the sides and back, accompanied by their words of regret and admonitions. Signed right side, exterior, and dated "1997". 37" H x 23" W x 9" D. Note: Noted Kentucky outsider artist Ronald Cooper and his wife, Jessie, collaborated between 1987-2012, using found materials upon which to create works of art conveying visions of heaven and hell, which Ronald experienced after he was paralyzed in a car accident. Provenance: the estate of Raeanne Rubenstein, Nashville, Tennessee. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication, Ms. Rubenstein was a professional photographer specializing in images of celebrities ranging from John Lennon, Janis Joplin and Andy Warhol to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. Her work appeared in Rolling Stone, Life, People, and most recently the Ken Burns documentary, Country Music. CONDITION: Some minor exfoliation to paint and a 1/4" chip to top; few other scattered spots of light wear/grime, overall good condition.
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