Andy Warhol - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Estate of Andy Warhol

  • Literature

    Exhibition Catalogue, Michael Kohn Gallery, Warhol Campbell's Soup Boxes, Los Angeles, 1986; I.Goldberg, Andy Warhol Campbell's Soup Box Painting, Paris, 2000, p.76-77 (illustrated).

  • Catalogue Essay

    Through variation, Warhol's work during the 1980s attests to his individual strategy and creativity. Recognizing and even glorifying his reuse of images, Warhol writes: "Even when the subject is different, people always want to paint the same painting." To Warhol the modifications made in each of his works through differing colour, size, or style do not denote his works to be less original. The present lot is an example of Warhol's later series of the Campbell's Soup image and how despite the reliance on a familiar image the end product is always different. Warhol's subjectivity is able to change over time making the present lot as refreshing as it is iconic to Warhol's breath of work. "The eighties was a very productive time for Andy artistically...He was not too afraid to do what he wanted to do, even as he was reprimanded for being too social, too commercial, or too mainstream. He was always an outsider at the center of the culture that he helped to transform and his late work is a testament to his boundless talent, vision, and creative energy." (Exhibition Catalogue, Gagosian Gallery, Cast a Cold Eye: The Late Workd of Andy Warhol, New York, 2006, p. 16)

  • Artist Biography

    Andy Warhol

    American • 1928 - 1987

    Andy Warhol was the leading exponent of the Pop Art movement in the U.S. in the 1960s. Following an early career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol achieved fame with his revolutionary series of silkscreened prints and paintings of familiar objects, such as Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe. Obsessed with popular culture, celebrity and advertising, Warhol created his slick, seemingly mass-produced images of everyday subject matter from his famed Factory studio in New York City. His use of mechanical methods of reproduction, notably the commercial technique of silk screening, wholly revolutionized art-making.

    Working as an artist, but also director and producer, Warhol produced a number of avant-garde films in addition to managing the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founding Interview magazine. A central figure in the New York art scene until his untimely death in 1987, Warhol was notably also a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.


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Campbell's Soup box painting

Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas.
50.8 x 50.8 cm (20 x 20 in).

Stamped twice on verso by the Estate of Andy Warhol.

£180,000 - 220,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm