Title: Campbell’s Soup II: New England Clam Chowder (FS II.57)
Medium: Portfolio of Ten Screenprints on Paper
Size: 35” x 23”
Edition:Edition of 250 signed in ball-point pen and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso; some dated. There are 26 AP signed and lettered A – Z in ball-point pen on verso.
Campbells Soup New England Clam Chowder 57
This print features the New England Clam Chowder soup can and is a part of the portfolio, “Campbell’s Soup II”. The clear depiction of the soup can makes for a very dynamic image. The added yellow banner adds a new visual element that makes this particular print more interesting. This portfolio is comprised of 10 prints that came from the original 32 Campbell’s Soup paintings created in 1962. These ten prints are slightly more unique than the ten in the first print portfolio because they have unusual flavors and added graphics on their labels.
Campbells Soup New England Clam Chowder 57 AS PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK:
The Campbell’s Soup portfolios represent many themes that Warhol continues to work with throughout his career. One major theme that Warhol had worked with previously and continued to play with was items of mass consumption, or every day objects, such as Coca-Cola bottles. The idea of serial repetition became very important for Warhol because he realized that it took the meaning away from the object. This concept becomes increasingly important in series like the Disaster portfolio. When Warhol first showed at the original soup can paintings at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles, he displayed the paintings as though they were soup cans in a grocery aisle. The connection to pop art and LA artists is important because most people only connect him to New York and the art movements happening on the east coast, but he played an important role in early 60s California art.