Artist: Andy Warhol (American, 1928 - 1987).
Title: "Flowers [mailer/invitation]".
Medium: Color lithograph.
Date: Composed 1964.
Dimensions: Overall size: 22 x 22 in. (559 x 559 mm). Image size: 22 x 22 in. (559 x 559 mm).
Lot Note(s): Signed in black marker, lower center. Edition of c300. Light cream wove paper. The full sheet. Fine impression with fresh colors. Fine condition with original folds as issued; bears the original circular black tab (since separated for opening) which held the mailer closed for mailing. Literature/catalogue raisonne: Paul Marechal, “Andy Warhol Ephemera…Catalogue Raisonne, 1950-1987.” Lyon, France: Les amis du Musee de l’Imprimerie, 2018, pp.22-23; cf. Feldman/Schellmann II.6. Comment(s): The mailer was signed by Warhol c.1980 at the request of a friend of Rupert Jasen Smith, Warhol's master printer. This lithograph was published to coincide with the famous exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City, November 21 - December 28, 1964. A small number of the impressions were printed as mailers, as our example, with the usual eight folds and without margins. It is unclear if any were ever mailed; our example was not. Since the mailer has the exhibition dates as November 21 - December 17, 1964, we surmise that the exhibition dates were changed after the mailers were printed (but not mailed). Once the dates were changed it's entirely possible that most of the mailers were destroyed. The mailers are rare. The highest auction price we could find of a mailer, and an unsigned example, was a sale for $4,750 at Bonhams & Butterfields, 10/25/2011, lot #400. Printed by Total Color, New York. Published by the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York. Image copyright © Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. [28034-5-3000]