Warhol, Pop Art, and Autism: Case Unravelled

Posted: 23/03/2021 by vequinox in Literature


611fCbwgZVL._SX342_On the 9th of July 1962, Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans exhibition opened at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. It was Warhol’s first solo gallery exhibition as a fine artist. The size of the show was determined by the number of varieties of Campbell’s soup available at the time. The 32 paintings were presented in the way tinned foods are normally offered for sale in a supermarket, in orderly, evenly spaced rows. But the gallery space was no ordinary supermarket, and the representations of Campbell’s Soup Cans were no ordinary saleable goods. The paintings cost 100 dollars each, compared with 29 cents for the original food item. The exhibition was simply a provocation; it juxtaposed the concepts of art trade and food trade in the most direct manner, making a conscious comparison between the two, and forcing reflection upon the emergence of a new, postmodern consumer culture.


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