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Campbell’s Soup Box: Noodle Soup

Catalogue Title: Campbell’s Soup Box: Noodle Soup

Year: 1986

Size: 20 x 20″

Medium: Synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on canvas.

Edition: Stamped with the Estate of Andy Warhol and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (on the overlap).


Campbell’s Soup Box: Noodle Soup by Andy Warhol was painted 24 years after Warhol first experimented with the Campbell’s design in his art in 1962. At this point, his Campbell’s Soup Cans paintings had created such a following, that Warhol was recognized with the Campbell’s brand more than actual Campbell’s spokespeople.

After all this time, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Box: Noodle Soup is still a revelation. In fact, it now stands for even more. When Warhol first came out with the soup box series, people thought he had gone insane and his insanity would let cause him to wiggle away from the contemporary art scene. This would have been true if the contemporary art scene itself were not evolving. But, it can be said without much doubt that Warhol was not just a part of this great metamorphosis, but also the architect of it. The main argument that the critics of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Box: Noodle Soup, had was that this was not art. But art itself had become more sophisticated, art represented far more than what was depicted on the paper. It was the man behind the painting and the idea behind that man that created the art. The idea that something so ordinary had so much magic as to be lionized by Warhol, was not just a statement of the object in question, but also a larger commentary on society.

Campbell’s Soup Box: Noodle Soup by Andy Warhol as Part of his Larger Body of Work

Aside from the “popification” of the ordinary, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Box: Noodle Soup also represented a crucial theme of consumerism in modern society. While, the connotation of consumerism always carries a theme of mourning, mourning that society has lost itself in its obsession with materialism- Warhol perhaps had a slightly different view. His constant representation of consumerism, time and again, was something he embraced. Hence, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup artworks 24 years later are almost more symbolic than the original series. For Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Box: Noodle Soup, represents the triumph of consumerism.

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