Andy Warhol, ‘Campbell’s Soup II: Golden Mushroom (FS II.62)’, 1969, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Campbell’s Soup II: Golden Mushroom (FS II.62)’, 1969, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Campbell’s Soup II: Golden Mushroom (FS II.62)’, 1969, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Campbell’s Soup II: Golden Mushroom (FS II.62)’, 1969, Revolver Gallery

Title: Campbell’s Soup II: Golden Mushroom (FS II.62)
Medium: Portfolio of Ten Screenprints on Paper
Year: 1969
Size: 35” x 23”
Edition: 250 signed in ballpoint pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso.

CAMPBELL’S SOUP II: GOLDEN MUSHROOM 62

This print, the Golden Mushroom soup can is part of the “Campbell’s Soup II” portfolio which comprised of 10 prints. The ten prints come from Warhol’s 32 Campbell’s Soup paintings that were produced 7 years earlier, where he created all of the varieties of soups that Campbell’s made at the time. In this print, Golden Mushroom is written in a different font then found on others in the portfolio, and also has a yellow banner through the seal reminding consumers that it also makes for great gravies and sauces. These unique elements make for an interesting print, and are what separates it from the first Campbell’s Soup print portfolio, which featured more traditional flavors, and the cans without any unique design elements. All of the 10 prints in this portfolio have some element that makes the can look different than the standard black, white and red can.

CAMPBELL’S SOUP II: GOLDEN MUSHROOM 62 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK:

The Campbell’s Soup can is one of the most, if not the most, iconic images of Warhol’s career, it was also his favorite. The idea of using an everyday object actually came from a friend who suggested if because it was something that Warhol ate everyday. Also, Warhol had been working with comics and had discovered Roy Lichtenstein working in the same subject matter, so Warhol looked for something new. The idea of using an object of mass consumption was something that Warhol played with throughout his career. He was fascinated with everyday objects and their role in American society. In 1962, Warhol exhibited the 32 Campbell’s Soup can paintings at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. The paintings were displayed as though they were on an aisle of a grocery store. The connection to California artists in the early-60s is important because Warhol is often solely attributed to New York. Even though Warhol experimented with the image of the soup can, by contorting and altering it, these classic images are what remain the most popular and sought after by collectors.

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Andy Warhol: Shadows, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2015
YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
2015
Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178, Frye Art Museum, Seattle
2015
Warhol by the Book, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
2013
Andy Warhol, Brant Foundation

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Andy Warhol: Shadows, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao
2015
YES!YES!YES! WARHOLMANIA IN MUNICH, Museum Brandhorst, Munich
2015
Andy Warhol: Little Red Book #178, Frye Art Museum, Seattle
2015
Warhol by the Book, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown
2014
2014
2013
Andy Warhol, Brant Foundation
2011
Made in Italy, Gagosian Gallery, Rome

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Art Basel Miami Beach, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art LLC, New York
2016
Los Angeles to New York: The Dwan Gallery, 1959-1971, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Washington
2016
Big Picture: Art After 1945, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
2016
The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2016
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
2016
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
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