This holiday season Upper East Side iconic restaurant Serendipity3 teamed up with renowned American artist, Elliott Arkin, to create the most whimsical and eye-catching holiday display for all New Yorkers, tourists and patrons to enjoy as they pass by and dine in at the restaurant. The display pays homage to long-time Serendipity3 patron and American artist, Andy Warhol.
The holiday window display features a whimsical Andy Warhol cherub made of clay and resin, wearing a leather jacket and lording over a collection of floating sculptural angels that are renditions based on Warhol’s famous angel drawings. Andy is specifically positioned to be the leader of the pack in the display as he looks over other iconic Warhol objects like Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup cans, Brillo boxes and Coca Cola glass bottles.
Warhol was a frequent Serendipity3 guest and would always order a classic New York-style hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut, a side of crispy french fries, and finalized with a refreshing goblet of the restaurant’s most famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.
“Creating Serendipity3’s holiday window was an exciting opportunity to revisit my earlier work involving caricatures of historical art figures from my exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice, France and combining it with my experience of designing the Christmas windows for Tiffany and Co. in 1995,” Arkin, the mastermind behind Serendipity3’s Andy Warhol holiday window display, said.
Elliott Arkin first met Serendipity3 and owner Stephen Bruce in 1995 when Tiffany & Co. selected him as successor to the legendary Gene Moore who had been designing their famous Christmas windows for 30 years. Bruce then commissioned Arkin to create an Andy Warhol figure which remains an important part of the restaurant’s interior decor.
Located at 225 E 60th Street, Serendipity3 is open from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. EST. For more information and to book a reservation, please visit: www.serendipity3.com.
Serendipity3, the legendary New York City restaurant and general store was founded in 1954 as one of the city’s unique dining experiences. The home of amazing food and decadent desserts, such as the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, Serendipity has been captivating millions of patrons since its inception. It’s an enchanting place where artists got their inspiration and actors fulfilled their cravings.
Beginning with Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Grace Kelly and Cary Grant in the 1950’s, continuing with a celebrity following that includes Cher, Candice Bergen, Melanie Griffith and Ron Howard, the restaurant continues to attract celebrities such as Beyoncé, Ryan Reynolds, Selena Gomez and Kim Kardashian.
In addition, the restaurant has been the setting of three major Hollywood productions, One Fine Day (1996) with George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer, Serendipity (2001) with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, and Trust The Man (2005) with Julianne Moore and David Duchovny.
About Elliott Arkin
Elliott Arkin began his career in New York designing windows for the Legendary director Gene Moore at Tiffany & Co. in the early 1980s. Moore was known for his ability in selecting young talents like Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Jasper Johns to hire for the storied flagship store at 57th and 5th Ave. Arkin first gained wide recognition in the contemporary art world in the late 1990s as the original cartoonist-in-residence, along with Nicole Eisenman, for what was the preeminent art website Artnet.com.
Arkin developed that series of satirical works into unique sculptural pieces whose metaphors and interpretations took on broader conceptual ideas and overtones that became a popular and influential genre that continues today.
He has exhibited widely throughout the US and Europe and is included in the permanent collections of museums such as the Louvre’s Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, MAMAC museum in Nice, the New York Public Library and the New York Historical Society, The Flint Institute of the Arts in Michigan and Mead Art Museum at Amherst College.