Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans” and the Collapsing of “High” and “Low” Cultures


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Warhol’s "Campbell’s Soup Cans" and the Collapsing of “High” and “Low” Cultures
Andy Warhol was an American artist who became known for his unconventional art about every day, commercial products during the 1950s and 1960s in the United States. Warhol was amongst a large group of “Pop” artists who were given that name because they drew their subject matter from popular life and culture, rather than from high culture and/or their own personal expression. Warhol is probably one of the most well-known artists of the entire twentieth century, across the world, because his paintings and prints seemed to be both very simple and incredibly complex. Warhol’s artwork challenged and played with the cultural divide between “high” and “low” culture...
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.....ifferences and cultural similarities have been greatly affected by the artwork produced during this period of time. In large part, we have Andy Warhol, and other Pop artists, to thank for this.
Figure 1. Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup Cans, Synthetic Polymer Paint on 32 Canvases, 1962. Image from the Museum of Modern Art.
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