Jun 20, 2019 - Sale 2514

Sale 2514 - Lot 90

Price Realized: $ 2,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
MARIO MONTEZ (1935-2013)

Group of fliers for screenings of films starring Montez.

4 items, 14x11 inches, 35.5x28 cm. and smaller; condition strong except as noted. New York, 29 July [1965].

Additional Details

Mario Montez (born René Rivera) was a drag performer who achieved underground fame in films by Jack Smith and Andy Warhol in the mid-1960s. Includes: Flier for "An Evening with Mario Montez Movies" at the Astor Place Playhouse featuring excerpts from films by Smith, Warhol and Vehr. [New York], 12 June [1965] "Repeated at Last: Mario Montez Movies," a similar screening at City Hall Cinema; slightly chipped at edges. [New York], 25 June [1965] "Andy Warhol Presents a Benefit for Ronald Tavel / Mario Montez." Illustrated flier, mailing folds, 1/4-inch hole in margin, with lipstick imprint in image; address panel on verso signed by Montez as return address. [New York], 3 March [1966] "Ava-Graph Nostalgia Film Night" featuring the 1968 Montez film "Flaming 20s" and other underground films. New York, 26 January 1974. with
-- a flier and press release for the plays "Shower" and "The Life of Juanita Castro" by "Theatre of the Ridiculous" pioneer Ronald Tavel, who often cast Montez in his work (though not in these productions).