Campbell's New England Clam Chowder by Andy Warhol
(b. 1928-87 Pittsburgh, PA)
Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup Sunday B Morning II,1986
- Lithograph on Museum Board (from original 1968 silkscreens.)
- 16 x 20 ”
- Edition 1930/3000
- Print Signed
- Stamp Authenticated on Verso by Carnegie Museum of Art
Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup Sunday B Morning
The distinction between art and utilitarian objects is exemplified by Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans. In this series, the concept of simplicity is a method to adopt a more streamlined and efficient society of consumers. Though the cans display minute variations in text, the series is uniform in size and a statement of the pop culture of branding.
By repeating the same image at the same scale, Warhol stressed the uniformity and ubiquity of the Campbell’s Soup can. At the same time, Andy Warhol used the Campbell’s Soup cans in order to subvert the idea of painting as a medium of invention and originality. Repeating an image over and over again is something that can be found frequently in Warhol’s work. One of the main reasons for this is because he felt that serial repetition drained an image of its meaning. Also, the use of everyday objects is not something new. Warhol had worked with Coca-Cola bottles and dollar bills and was continuously interested in objects of mass consumption and American society with them. Warhol continued to work with the Campbell’s soup cans, altering and contorting them, but these classic cans remain the most popular and sought after by collectors. While Warhol is mostly associated as a New York artist, he did have a connection to the California artists in the early-60s. The original 32 Campbell’s Soup paintings were shown at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles.
In 1970, these original silkscreens were reproduced to create a new series of Campbell Soup Can screenprints. These were named “Sunday B Morning” prints. These prints are recognized as authentic reproductions in Andy Warhol’s catalogue raisonne, with some of them being signed by Warhol himself using the phrase: “this is not me. Andy Warhol.” In 1985, a third series was produced with a stamped signature and these became known as theEuropean Artist’s Proof Editions. It is unknown how many of these were made.
These prints are made from reproductions of Warhol’s original silkscreens from 1967. They are stamped in blue ink on the back and are referred to as the Blue Ink series. Their dimensions are 36 inches square and are printed on museum board with high quality archival inks just like the originals. These Sunday B Morning prints are produced with the same quality and integrity as Warhol’s original Soup Can screenprints. The only significant difference is the cost, which means everyone can enjoy a Warhol without breaking the bank.