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Campbell’s Soup Cans
was an artwork created by Andy Warhol in 1962. Warhol created 32 canvases of
each individual flavour sold by Campbell’s Soup, and displayed them on shelves,
like how they would look as if in a grocery store. The subject matter in Warhol’s
artwork was the variety of flavours of the soup cans. Andy Warhol was a
commercial artist, and a very highly paid commercial illustrator. According to
the National Gallery of Victoria, Warhol, through his artworks, explored life
and politics, as well as the ‘American Century’. Similarly, Ai Weiwei also
explored life and cultural politics through his art, as well as the
contemporary life, and the ‘Chinese Century’. Coloured Vases was created by Ai Weiwei in 2008. This artwork
confronts people’s beliefs on rarity, authenticity, and value.

The first thing people see when looking at Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, are of course, the
cans of soup. This artwork to many viewers may seem repetitive, but they are
different when looked at closer. The names (the flavours) on the cans are all
different, and when closely inspected, it can be seen that the colours and
tones of each can are slightly different. According to a website, Mental Floss,
the cans weren’t one hundred percent identical as some of the cans were missing
some details but the cans of soup were identical in shape and size. The reason
behind Warhol creating this artwork was Warhol had asked one of his friends for
an idea of what next to paint, and his friend had mentioned painting something
that people would recognise “like Campbell’s Soup”, and Warhol had found
inspiration in that and decided to buy cans of Campbell’s Soup and painting the
cans on canvases. There were many people who found this artwork interesting
because of how simple it was, but then again, there were some people that
disliked it. This artwork made history and showed Warhol’s out-of-the-box
creativity. It showed his individuality, and the cans of soup were easily
recognisable by viewers, mostly Americans. The well-known label of the Campbell’s
Soup cans was recognised by people despite their social or economic statuses
because this soup brand was cheap and able to be bought by almost everybody.

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Warhol’s Campbell’s
Soup Cans was created using a type of printmaking process that was used
mainly for commercials. Andy Warhol used the photo-silkscreen process, and this
became Warhol’s signature medium.

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