Andy Warhol, ‘Hand written note with envelope and bow to Janet Villella’, ca. 1979, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Hand written note with envelope and bow to Janet Villella’, ca. 1979, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Hand written note with envelope and bow to Janet Villella’, ca. 1979, Alpha 137 Gallery

Salou Designs flower shop

Hand written and signed personal note that was originally sent along with a bouquet of flowers to Villella on letter head from Salou Designs, a very chic flower shop located at 452A Columbus Avenue in Manhattan - sent to Villela's Park Avenue address. Janet Villella was a well known socialite who, in the late 70s, hung around with the Rich and Famous like Gianni and Marella Agnelli, Diane Keaten the studio 54 crowd, etc. Andy Warhol famously painted Janet Villella's portrait. In fact, the portrait which was exhibited at the Whitney Museum, later sold privately by Gagosian Gallery and then publicly by Sotheby's in London.

This unique note is accompanied by the original envelope and bow provided by Salou Designs -- and is elegantly framed. The back of the frame bears a label from the Mark Borghi Gallery in NYC.

Signature: Card is boldly signed in black marker by Andy Warhol

Mark Borghi Gallery
Janet Villela

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