In a flash of inspiration he bought cans from the store and began to trace projections onto canvas, tightly painting within the outlines to resemble the appearance of the original offset lithograph labels. Instead of the dripping paint in his previous ads and comics, here Warhol sought the precision of mechanical reproduction. At this time he received a return studio visit from Irving Blum of Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, who was expecting to see comic-strip paintings and was surprised by the new soup cans, immediately offering the artist a show that summer. Blum exhibited the cans on shelves running the length of his gallery.
But the reason Warhol cranked through 32 different canvases can be found on closer inspection of the names on both the cans and the paintings.
After buying every kind of can at his local grocery store, the eccentric artist projected each can onto a canvas. Each time he carefully traced out their finest details.
Then, the year-old meticulously filled in his outlines, hoping to mimic the mechanically reproduced look of the original labels.
Warhol used a hand stamp to keep the fleur-de-lis pattern that lines the bottom of each can consistent.
But his placement varied from canvas to canvas. Similarly, the hues of red and white vary slightly, and one soup can is missing the gold band. Blum staged the series of soup can paintings on grocery store shelves that lined the length of his groundbreaking gallery.
No matter what the response was, this was a history-making event. Though the rising artist had already been featured in a Time magazine article with the likes of American Pop pioneers Roy Lichtenstein, Wayne Thiebaud, and James Rosenquist, Blum advised Warhol to set a "low price level during initial exposure.
But Blum soon realized selling the cans individually would destroy the power of the pieces as an ensemble. To correct the situation, he reached out to all the ownersincluding movie star Dennis Hopper, and bought back all of the sold pieces. His first solo exhibition was considered a flop, but Warhol was undeterred: And the critical and public opinion began to turn in his favor.
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The New York exhibition was just when the rest of us caught up with him. Recently, though, the museum has moved Tomato to the bottom and given Manhattan Style Clam Chowder pride of place.
I used to have the same lunch every day, for 20 years, I guess, the same thing over and over again.Andy Warhol famously appropriated familiar images from consumer culture and mass media, among them celebrity and tabloid news photographs, comic strips, and, in this work, the widely consumed canned soup made by the Campbell’s Soup Company.
Gallery label from Andy Warhol: Campbell's Soup Cans and Other Works, –, April 25–October 18, Additional text When Warhol first exhibited Campbell’s Soup Cans, in , each of the thirty-two canvases rested on a shelf mounted on the wall, like groceries in a store.
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