Andy Warhol, ‘Flowers (Galerie Sonnabend Invitation)’, 1970, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Flowers (Galerie Sonnabend Invitation)’, 1970, Alpha 137 Gallery

This extremely rare announcement card was for Warhol's 1970 show at Galerie Sonnabend, Paris, Andy Warhol: Sérigraphies sur papier and the reception for the artist. This card is in very good condition with strong colors. The exact size of the edition is unknown, and these rarely come to auction. They are especially rare stateside. This bears the original 1970 postmark from Germany on the verso of the card (see second photograph) as additional proof of provenance.

Ileana Sonnabend was the ex-wife and former partner of the legendary art dealer Leo Castelli. She opened a gallery in Paris, but also remained close with her ex-husband and collaborated with him by helping to promote his stable of artists like Warhol, Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein and Rosenquist in Europe. Both Sonnabend and Castelli were instrumental in introducing American pop art to the European establishment creating a worldwide acceptance level for pop artists like Rauschenberg and Rosenquist. A monumental, historic donation was recently made in Sonnabend's honor by her heirs to MoMA. Her name now appears on the MoMA Founders Wall, even though she was a child when MoMA was founded.

Publisher: Galerie Ileana Sonnabend, Paris

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, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States