Andy Warhol, ‘Campbell’s Soup Box: Chicken Noodle’, 1986, Opera Gallery

PUBLIC NOTES: Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans first came to light in 1962, when the artist exhibited an installation of 32 identical Campbell’s Soup Can prints at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. Challenging preconceived ideas of fine art an aesthetics, Warhol’s soup cans helped usher in Pop Art as a major art movement in the United States. Today, Warhol’s name is synonymous with the Campbell’s Soup Can paintings.

Signature: Signed and dated ‘86’ (on the overlap)

Los Angeles, Michael Kohn Gallery, Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Boxes, Dec. 1986 - Jan. 1987, cat. No. 148, ill. p. 31

Michael Kohn Gallery, Santa Monica
Jonathan Novak, Los Angeles
Private collection (acquired from the above)

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York