Andy Warhol, ‘Extremely rare, early hand made invitation to book launch of "In the Bottom of My Garden" Serendipity 3’, ca. 1954, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Extremely rare, early hand made invitation to book launch of "In the Bottom of My Garden" Serendipity 3’, ca. 1954, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Extremely rare, early hand made invitation to book launch of "In the Bottom of My Garden" Serendipity 3’, ca. 1954, Alpha 137 Gallery

NOT FOR SALE.
This is an incredible rare, delicate and historic invitation, printed on thin rice paper, to an opening at Manhattan's famed Serendipity 3 (22 East 60th Street) to view Andy Warhol's new picture book "In the Bottom of My Garden." This undated vintage invitation is so incredibly scarce, that the only other one we've ever seen is in the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Although most galleries date the picture book to circa 1956, the Warhol Museum dates this Serendipity 3 invitation to the book launch back to 1954 - when Warhol began hanging out at Serendipity's. An amazingly scarce piece of Warhol ephemera, part of our private collection!

We acquired this at an auction with unpublished original Warhol negatives. A treasure trove; a one-off find.

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York