Left: "Campbell’s Soup Cans" (1962) by Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Synthetic polymer paint on thirty-two canvases, each 20 x 16".
On April 25, 2015 the Museum of Modern Art in New York opens a new exhibition featuring some of the most iconic works by Warhol from the period 1953-1967. For the first time at the museum, the 32 canvases that make up "Campbell's Soup Cans" will be shown in a single line rather than a grid, just as they were when Warhol's seminal work was first displayed at L.A.'s Ferus Gallery in 1962.
Detail from Andy Warhol's "Campbell’s Soup Cans" (1962).
The "Soup Cans" were a watershed for Warhol. The painted works both played on common commodities (like store brand logos) and marked the artist's increased interest in serial repetition.
The museum's exhibition also includes illustrated books and drawings that Warhol created during the 1950s.
Left: The cover of "À la recherche du shoe perdu" (c. 1955), from a portfolio of 18 offset lithographs with synthetic ink additions.
Left: One from the portfolio of 18 offset lithographs with synthetic ink additions, titled "À la recherche du shoe perdu" (c. 1955).
A Gold Book
"A Gold Book" (1957) by Andy Warhol. Illustrated book with 20 offset lithographs (fourteen on gold paper, and five with synthetic ink additions).
Roll of Bills
"Roll of Bills" (1962) by Andy Warhol. Pencil, crayon, and felt-tip pen on paper.
You Dirty Rat
"Cagney" (1962) by Andy Warhol. Screenprint, one of seven known variants.
The publicity still from "Angels With Dirty Faces," which Warhol doctored as a silkscreen print, shows legendary actor James Cagney as a larger-than-life gangster - even with a Tommy gun aimed at his heart. Warhol's obsession with stars, glamour and mass culture are vividly contained in this confluence of death and celebrity.
Two Flaming Stars
"Double Elvis" (1963) by Andy Warhol. Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas.
"Gold Marilyn Monroe" (1962) by Andy Warhol. Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer paint on canvas.
Warhol produced a series of works honoring Monroe soon after her tragic death in 1962. For "Gold Marilyn," he took a publicity photo from her film, "Niagara," and silkscreened her face in vivid colors, with black highlights, onto a gold background.
Left: Two of 10 screenprints from the Andy Warhol series "Marilyn Monroe" (1967).
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"Andy Warhol: Campbell's Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953-1967" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (April 25-October 12, 2015)
By CBSNews.com senior producer David Morgan