Lot #9001
Punk Art 'Paper Bag' 1978 Exhibition Invitation

Estimate: $600+


Very rare original ‘brown paper bag’ invitation to the ‘Punk Art’ exhibition, held at the Washington Project for the Arts in Washington, D.C., on May 15, 1978. Designed by Alice Denney, the invitation is printed on a small paper bag that measures 8.5 x 5 unfolded, with the front bearing an image by Miller, Ringma, and Hoppe of the Mona Lisa, with cracked frame glass that’s been spray painted “Punk Art.” The interior features directions, dress suggestions, “Punkly Formal,” and a list of special attendees at the gala opening, including: Animal, Neke Carson, John Holstrom, Steven Kramer, Ruth Marten, Punk Magazine, Marcia Resnik, Screaming Mad George, The Erasers, The Shrapnels, and more. In very good to fine condition, with overall creasing. The exhibition, which coined the phrase 'punk art,' drew from the community of visual artists associated with the club CBGB, including some who were involved in rock bands and some who provided art for the media and music industry.

From the Ramones and Punk Collection of Daniel Rey, and accompanied by a letter of provenance.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: The Ramones collection of Daniel Rey
  • Dates: #626 - Ended September 25, 2021