Andy Warhol Campbell Soup
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Perhaps the most memorable art work done by
the great Andy Warhol is his depiction of the
Campbell Soup Cans. They were unveiled in July
of 1962 at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles.
There exist 32 Andy Warhol Campbell Soup Can
prints in total, and they were sold as a set
for approximately $1000. They were displayed
exactly the way they are shelved in grocery
stores, side by side and equidistant. Many speculate
that this was an attempt on Warhol’s part
to break down barriers and unify modern American
society. Every person in America could identify
with Campbell’s soup. Moreover, was he
not deeming the supermarket and the art gallery
as equal establishments to view art? Warhol
was dogmatic in the way that he refused to draw
a line between traditional art and regular commerce.
Soup & Sales
When the Andy Warhol Campbell soup can prints
hit the streets, many were bewildered by the
idea that they could be considered art. After
all, it was just a can of soup! Executives at
Campbell’s Soup Company were equally unimpressed.
They ordered a cease-and-desist order on all
Warhol soup prints due to the fact that they
were uncertain about having an eccentric character
such as Warhol using their brand image. However,
once they began to reap the benefits of free
advertising and publicity, the Campbell Soup
Company leaped on board and later asked Warhol
to produce a silkscreen of their dry soup mix
Pop Goes the World
When an image is re-created over and over again
in succession, it is not the actual image that
is most poignant, it is the concept behind it.
And that is what is so fascinating about Andy
Warhol Campbell soup can prints. Warhol seemed
to have a third-eye when it came to recognizing
icons. He took celebrity faces and popular household
items and burned their image into the public’s
mind. It can be argued that Marilyn Monroe’s
popularity is still alive today because of Andy
Warhol’s contribution to her fame.
Whose Soup-er Idea?
Many have speculated on how Warhol came up with
the idea to use Campbell soup cans in his art.
The most popular theory is that he just liked
the soup and had it for lunch everyday for over
twenty years. Some claim that he was told to
paint what he liked, and that is how the Andy
Warhol Campbell soup can prints came about,
along with his famous pieces depicting money.
Andy Warhol’s mother used to sell flowers
made out of tin cans to support Andy when he
was a struggling artist, and many of her creations
were made from Campbell’s soup cans. Warhol
pieces are truly unique in their simplicity
and egalitarian undercurrents. They caused a
stir in the modern art world and had people
everywhere crooning, “M’m! M’m!
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