Andy Warhol: Campbell's Soup Cans
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At the time of his death in 1987, Andy Warhol was the most famous artist in America. But in the 1950s and early ’60s, he was best known as a commercial illustrator and had yet to make his mark in the art world. That all changed in 1962 when he painted his iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans—thirty two nearly identical canvases, one for each soup flavor the Campbell Soup Company then sold. With his irreverent marriage of mass-culture imagery and machinelike repetition at the altar of high art, Warhol would be propelled to the fore of a new artistic movement soon to be known as Pop. Ultimately an ironist, he celebrated postwar America’s ascendant consumer culture while at the same time exposing its banality, monotony, and excess. Curator Starr Figura explores this pivotal moment in Warhol’s career and his profound impact on contemporary art.
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