Andy Warhol, ‘Campbell’s Soup II: Oyster Stew (FS II.60)’, 1969, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Campbell’s Soup II: Oyster Stew (FS II.60)’, 1969, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Campbell’s Soup II: Oyster Stew (FS II.60)’, 1969, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Campbell’s Soup II: Oyster Stew (FS II.60)’, 1969, Revolver Gallery

Title: Campbell’s Soup II: Oyster Stew (FS II.60)
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: OYSTER STEW 60

The Oyster Stew can comes from the “Campbell’s Soup II” portfolio which is comprised of 10 different prints. Oyster Stew has a yellow banner through the seal reminding the consumer to add whole milk. This additional graphic makes this print more visually interesting. Oyster Stew comes from Warhol’s original 32 Campbell’s Soup paintings. This portfolio, which is the second print portfolio that Warhol created, contains ten of the more unusual flavors from the original 32, which were all of the flavors Campbell’s Soup made in 1962. The 10 in the first portfolio were flavors like Tomato, Green Pea, Cream of Mushroom, while this portfolio has flavors like Cheddar Cheese and Scotch Broth.

CAMPBELL’S SOUP II: OYSTER STEW 60 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK:

Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup cans are considered to be his signature work, and even he considered them to be his favorite. Warhol continued to work with the soup cans, playing around them by contorting and altering them. However, the classic pieces, like this Oyster Stew can, are the ones that remain the most sought after and the ones most frequently desired by the market. When first creating the paintings, Warhol wanted to recreate the mechanic reproduction of the labels themselves. He further advanced his silk screening techniques to produce these prints, to make them look more as if they came from an automated process.

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