Andy Warhol loved animals. So, it’s no big surprise that his feline friends and other domesticated animals were made into portrait subjects, some his own beloved dachshund, Archie, others belonged to friends or were private commissions. (I threw in a couple horses too, just for the hell of it.) He was a cat person early on, producing 2 limited-edition books; 25 Cats and One Blue Pussy and Holy Cats by Andy Warhol's Mother.
After his death in the late 80s, I worked on the 2-volume, slipcased facsimile reproduction of those early books (left) with my pal, book designer, Yolanda Cuomo. Andy’s mother did the lettering for both books and since we needed to create the slip case with new text, we enlisted artist, Stephen Tashjian to recreate his mother’s script. It’s hard to tell which writing is Stephen's and which is Andy's Mom's.