ANDY WARHOL (American, 1928–1987) Campbell's Soup Cans 1962 Synthetic polymer paint on thirty-two canvases Each canvas 20 x 16" (50.8 x 40.6 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Partial gift of Irving Blum Additional funding provided by Nelson A. Rockefeller Bequest, gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. M. Burden, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund, gift of Nina and Gordon Bunshaft in honor of Henry Moore, Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, Philip Johnson Fund, Frances R. Keech Bequest, gift of Mrs. Bliss Parkinson, and Florence B. Wesley Bequest (all by exchange).
ANDY WARHOL (American, 1928–1987) Untitled from Marilyn Monroe 1967 One from a portfolio of ten screenprints composition and sheet: 36 x 36" (91.5 x 91.5 cm) The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mr. David Whitney.
Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967
Museum of Modern Art
Prints and Illustrated Books Galleries, second floor
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
25 April – 18 October 2015
Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans is the signature work in the artist’s career and a landmark in MoMA’s collection. The 1962 series of 32 paintings is the centerpiece of an exhibition focusing on Warhol’s work during the crucial years between 1953 and 1967.
The Soup Cans mark a breakthrough for Warhol, when he began to apply his seminal strategies of serial repetition and reproduction to key subjects derived from American commodity culture. Warhol also developed his signature use of the flat, uniform aesthetic of photo-screenprinting just after he completed the Soup Cans.
For the first time at MoMA, the 32 Soup Cans are shown in a single line (rather than a grid), echoing the way they were first exhibited at the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, in 1962. The exhibition also includes drawings and illustrated books Warhol made in the 1950s, when he started his career as a commercial artist, and other paintings and prints from the 1960s, when he became a beacon of the Pop art movement.
Organized by Starr Figura, Curator, with Hillary Reder, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints.
The exhibition is supported by the MoMA Annual Exhibition Fund.