Andy Warhol’s First One-Man Show
Introduces Campbell’s Soup Cans
On July 9, 1962, visitors to the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles, California, were a part of history, but were uneasy about what they were seeing. Thirty-two canvases sat on narrow shelves, appearing much like a grocery store, picturing 32 varieties of Campbell’s Soup.
It was Andy Warhol’s first one-man show, and often considered the introduction of pop art to the West Coast. Warhol, a successful commercial illustrator at the time, was drawn to pop art, which challenged traditional art by utilizing imagery from mass culture.
Word of Warhol’s exhibition spread quickly, with critics questioning why an artist would essentially paint a scene from a grocery store. Others were thrilled by his work, which he believed was a reflection of modern society.
Warhol went on to become one of the more recognizable figures of the pop art movement, producing additional Campbell’s Soup prints as well as his famed celebrity silkscreens of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Elizabeth Taylor.
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