Andy Warhol, ‘Original Memorial Mass Card’, 1987, Alpha 137: Prints & Exhibition Ephemera III

This is a rare, two-sided mass card from Andy Warhol's memorial mass, which was held on April 1, 1987 at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. The front of the card depicts Warhol's 1985 painting Raphael I, and the back is the mass program, including prelude, scriptures (read by Brigid Berlin), list of speakers, communion, postlude, celebrant, and text describing the meal that was served to hundreds of homeless people in honor of Andy Warhol. There is also a mention that the flowers will be donated to Mother Teresa and the NYC Parks Department. This is a rare piece of art history and a must-have for serious fans and collectors of Andy Warhol. Limited edition collectors' item, though exact number printed at the time is not known. There is some tape residue on the front and back bottom center, and what appears to be a thumbprint or stain in the middle front and approx. 1/4" minor circular grubbiness in the back on the white section middle not affecting the text; otherwise in good vintage condition with no creasing.--Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

Manufacturer: St. Patrick's Cathedra, NYC

Handed out to guests at Warhol's funeral

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