Andy Warhol, ‘Marilyn Castelli Invitation, Marilyn Monroe, Leo Castelli Gallery Invite (Signed)’, 1981, Alpha 137 Gallery

This is one of the few hand signed vintage Warhol Marilyn invitations --produced as an announcement for the "Warhol: A Print Retrospective, 1963-1981" exhibition held at Castelli Graphics, New York, 21 November - 22 December, 1981 in the larger, and more scarce 12.25 square inch size (not the typical promotional 7 inches that come to market) -- that Warhol signed for people he knew. Based on the artist's eponymous suite of screenprints from 1967. See Feldman 22-31. Signed boldly in black marker by Andy Warhol. A strong impression with bright colors; unframed and in very good condition. This has fine provenance and was acquired from a major international auction house. We are aware there are many unauthentic ones out there for less money, and we guarantee authenticity of this work. This was acquired from a major international auction house.
The 12 square inch hand signed Marilyn announcements are far more desirable in the marketplace. In 2015. a signed Warhol Castelli Marilyn invitation sold at public auction for US $30,000. Below are details of that comparable for reference:
Andy Warhol
Title Marilyn Castelli Invitation, 1981
Description Andy WARHOL (American, 1928-1987)
Marilyn Castelli Invitation, 1981
Offset lithograph
Signed to the left margin
12 x 12 in. – 30.5 x 30.5 cm.
This work is from an edition published by Colour
Editions, Inc. This invitation was created for the
exhibition Andy Warhol: A Print Retrospective
1963-1981 held at Castelli Graphics, New York,
21 November - 22 December 1981.
Medium offset lithograph
Year of Work 1981
Size Height 12 in.; Width 12 in. / Height 30.5 cm.; Width 30.5 cm.
Misc. Signed
Sale of Fine Art Auctions Miami: Saturday, October 24, 2015 [Lot 00060]
Fine Art, Antiques & Important Jewels Auction
Estimate 18,000 - 20,000 USD

SOLD FOR: 30,000 USD

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Signature: Boldly signed by Andy Warhol in black marker to the side of the invitation on the recto (front)

Publisher: Castelli Graphics, Ltd., New York

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