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Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987)
LOT ID: 76992
Campbell's Soup Can Shopping Bag , 1966

Screenprint, on paper bag
19.5 х 17 in. (49.53 x 43.18 cm.)
Unsigned, other, Foundry/Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Print/Casting Year 1966
Lot description
Andy Warhol's iconic Soup Can screen-printed onto a paper shopping bag released in 1966 by the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. This bag is in perfect condition and is custom and archivally framed to preserve the piece.
This work is a commentary on consumerism and its the quintessential symbol of consumerism: a shopping bag. The most famous and recognizable images in art history, the Soup Cans by Andy Warhol helped to usher in the Pop Art movement that endures today, renewed and rediscovered by artists such as Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, and Mr. Brainwash. The popularity of the Soup Can is enduring. A 2007 article in the New York Times observed that every day, a soup can is left on the grave of Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is widely credited as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. After studying design at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Warhol moved to New York in 1949 to pursue a career as a commercial artist. Though successful, Warhol wanted to be an independent painter. In the early 1960s he began to create paintings based on advertising imagery. He established his own studio, The Factory, and developed his signature style, employing commercial silkscreening techniques to create identical, mass-produced images on canvas. With his multiple images of soup cans, soda bottles, dollar bills and celebrities, Warhol revealed the beauty within mass culture and redefined the art world. Warhol embraced market culture and helped to lead a change in the New York art scene that would in turn influence others to also look to consumer culture and goods for artistic inspiration. Today, he is regarded as one of the most prominent artists of the twentieth century, contributing not only thousands of works of art that are housed in museums and collections worldwide but also an iconic style that would impact the art market and artists alike for decades. His works have been exhibited in over two thousand exhibitions, including retrospectives at The Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY (2008); Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France (1990); and The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (1989).
Selected Public Collections:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
The Andy Warhol Museum (New York, NY)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY)
The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Campbell's Soup Can Shopping Bag by Andy Warhol
  • Campbell's Soup Can Shopping Bag by Andy Warhol
  • Campbell's Soup Can Shopping Bag by Andy Warhol
  • Campbell's Soup Can Shopping Bag by Andy Warhol
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