Drawings by Andy Warhol
This is the never-before-published story of a Noa the Boa, a snake trying to make it in the world of sixties high society, strongly suggested to be a stand-in for Warhol himself. The snake’s tongue-in-cheek observations as he slithers from adorning Jackie Kennedy’s boots to embellishing Coco Chanel’s shirt will delight the sophisticated fashion crowd. But the stars of the show are Warhol’s whimsical illustrations, revivified with a color scheme inspired by his iconic Pop Art.
Noa the Boa is a slave to fashion with the heart of an actor and an obsession with celebrity. He becomes luxurious leather accessories for illustrious clients – from Grace Kelly’s pillow to the codpieces at the Folies Bergère – in a high-fashion gift book for adults that is whimsical, and a little bit naughty.
This charming story and never-before-published, rarely exhibited drawings by one of the world’s most beloved artists, are a veritable who’s-who of celebrities of the 1960s, from Chanel, Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy, to Diana Vreeland and a couple of Rockefellers.
Before he achieved his dream of making it big in New York, Andy Warhol worked in advertising for a leather goods company, Fleming-Joffe, alongside Ogden Nash and Piero Fornasetti. It was for Fleming-Joffe that he created these images, held by the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and rarely seen until this deluxe publication. The Autobiography of a Snake is a brilliant portrait of Warhol’s obsessions, his talent, and the world he would one day conquer.
Hardcover with jacket, 48 pages, 22 color illustrations
Dimensions: 10.25 x 8.75 x 0.5 inches
"Each and every artwork shown in this book will provoke delight and pleasure for the viewer, and one just waltzes through the pages." — San Francisco Book Review
"We love the slyly surreal Autobiography of a Snake, Andy Warhol's illustrated tale of a very stylish reptile" — Metropolitan