Andy Warhol, ‘Campbell's Soup I: Chicken Noodle (FS II.45)’, 1968, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Campbell's Soup I: Chicken Noodle (FS II.45)’, 1968, Revolver Gallery

Series: One of Warhol’s most iconic portfolios, Campbell’s Soup I, is recognizable by even beginner Warhol enthusiasts. It was with these soup cans that Warhol started to become a household name. His screenprints of Campbell’s Soup cans first made their appearance six years earlier when he produced thirty-two canvases, each representing a different type of soup, which were displayed in the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. When Warhol first showed the soup cans in California they created quite a stir. Even though Warhol is mostly connected to New York, he had an impact and connection with the art and artists in California in the early 60s. The semi-mechanized process he used to create his works is something that is characterized with Warhol. He continued to play with the imagery of the soup can by contorting and altering them, but it is the classic, simple version that continue to be the most popular and bring in new collectors. Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup series helped to usher in the Pop Art movement that endures today, renewed and rediscovered by artists such as Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons.

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