Andy Warhol, ‘Soup Can Bag [Feldman & Schellmann II.4a]’, 1966, Caviar20

In 1962 Andy Warhol debuted his (soon to be infamous) Soup Can paintings as the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. While it was a commercial flop, in a short period of time the work would become an icon for the entire Pop Art movement and the artist himself.

Later that year Warhol would begin working with screenprinting which both mechanized and revolutionized his practice.

During this period Warhol transitioned from painting soup cans by hand using stencils (or not) to printing directly on canvas.

In 1965 Warhol begins to create soup cans in neon colors. In conjunction for an exhibit at the Institute of Fine Arts, Boston he produced a limited number of silkscreen shopping bags with his beloved Campbell's soup in bold neon anchored by the company logo in royal blue and grape purple. The shopping bag becomes the perfect symbol of the intersection between high culture and pop art, between consumerism and connoisseurship, and between scarcity and ubiquity.

It can't be emphasized enough how vital and ground-breaking the mid-sixties were for Warhol. In addition to the Soup Cans, Warhol also introduced images of (a recently deceased) Marilyn Monroe (reviving the genre of portraiture) he began producing films and promoting the Velvet Underground. Needless to say this era was his creative zenith.

This work can be found in numerous public collections including the MoMA (NYC) and the Norton Simon Museum (California) amongst others.

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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