Andy Warhol, ‘Campbells Soup II: Chicken N Dumplings (FS II58) by Andy Warhol’, 1969, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Campbells Soup II: Chicken N Dumplings (FS II58) by Andy Warhol’, 1969, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Campbells Soup II: Chicken N Dumplings (FS II58) by Andy Warhol’, 1969, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Campbells Soup II: Chicken N Dumplings (FS II58) by Andy Warhol’, 1969, Revolver Gallery

Title: Campbells Soup II: Chicken N Dumplings (FS II58)
Medium: Screenprint on paper.
Year: 1969
Size: 35″ x 23″
Edition: Edition of 250. Signed and numbered in ballpoint pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso.

CAMPBELLS SOUP II: CHICKEN N DUMPLINGS 58

Warhol’s collection of Campbell’s soup cans is arguably his most iconic and widely recognized series of artwork. In this collection, Warhol takes the ever-present American pantry staple and transforms it into high art. Warhol, originally a commercial graphic artist, found the imagery of the Campbell’s soup label a powerful visual tool, since the design had remained successfully unchanged for decades.

CAMPBELLS SOUP II: CHICKEN N DUMPLINGS 58 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK

The soup can was a legitimate subject as a modern ‘still life’ during the postwar American economy. First shown at the Ferus Gallery (Los Angeles) in 1962, the exhibit started as a series of paintings and established Warhol’s first solo exhibition as an overnight success. Furthermore, Warhol had just started to experiment with screenprinting that year, a medium that would change the art world forever. Some of the most famous and recognizable images in art history, the Soup Cans by Andy Warhol 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