Andy Warhol, ‘Tomato Soup (dedicated to his manager Paul Morrissey and signed three (3) times by Warhol)’, ca. 1968, Alpha 137 Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Tomato Soup (dedicated to his manager Paul Morrissey and signed three (3) times by Warhol)’, ca. 1968, Alpha 137 Gallery

This unique drawing, titled "Campbell's Soup", was done by Andy Warhol as a a gift to Paul Morrissey, Warhol''s manager for several years who was integral in the development of the scene at The Factory in its original location on 47th Street. Warhol was one of Warhol's closest associates - making this a truly collectible piece of history. After serving in various capacities on several Warhol film projects, Morrissey went on to direct such films as Flesh, Trash, and Heat under Warhol''s aegis. The drawing bears the inscription "to Paul love" and is signed three times by Warhol, first with his initials "AW" on top of, as well as underneath the drawing, and then boldly along the edge with his full signature (complete name) acompanied by his trademark flourish. Extremely rare with terrific provenance, as it came from the collection of Paul Morrissey, who was still alive when we acquired this work.
The drawing is held in an Association copy of the book Andy Warhol’s critically acclaimed “a: A Novel” published by Grove Press, New York in 1968. This is the only novel written by Andy Warhol (written may be the wrong choice of words since the novel was completely taped by him on a tape recorder). From the publisher, “As an artist who sets new images and reveals a culture to itself, Andy Warhol’s reputation is firmly established. Originally entitled Cock, it has also had such working titles as SPEEED KILLS, Amphootimum, Co-Pilots, UPss, Or AAI, and Twenty*Four Hours...If an encyclopedia is a concise compendium of a man’s knowledge, Andy Warhol’s novel is the obverse – a total experience of a daily life raised to a fever pitch of brilliancy, vagueness, hilarity, confusion, insight through the abnormally extreme personalities of his real-life characters”.

In the late 60s Andy Warhol, one of the most influential artists of the postwar era, set out to turn a trade book into a piece of pop art, and the result was this astonishing account of the famously influential group of artists, superstars, addicts and freaks who made up the Factory milieu. Created from audiotapes recorded in and around the Factory, a: a novel begins with the fabulous Ondine popping several amphetamines and then follows its characters as they converse with inspired, speed-driven wit and cut swaths through the clubs, coffee shops, hospitals and whorehouses of 1960s Manhattan.
Publisher''s black cloth, minor rubbing to spine tips, top corners bumped; dust jacket, mild toning to upper edges and spine panel, light creasing and rubbing to upper edges; preserved in red cloth chemise with matching slipcase.
Own a piece of Pop Art history. A terrific and important piece of art historical ephemera. Unique.

Signature: Boldly signed in black marker by Andy Warhol, with his initials on top of, as well as underneath, the Tomato Soup drawing, as well as his full signature on the recto.

From the private collection of Paul Morrissey, Warhol's former manager and director of many Warhol films.

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