Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Kitchen to Campbell's Soup Cans

Although there were several remarkable works of art showcased in the Picasso to Warhol exhibit at the High Museum of Art, one of the most charming things I saw while there a couple of weeks ago, was this little boy sitting on the floor in front of a Picasso, sketching away on his pad of paper.  In a sea of giant art-goers, this kid blocked-out all of the commotion around him and focused on the task at hand – reproducing the intricate maze of lines on the painted canvas in front of him.  If that kind of concentration could be bottled, I’d accomplish a hell of a lot more!

Fixated on The Kitchen by Picasso.
But hands down, the most impressive installation was Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans.  32 canvases, each depicting a variety of Campbell’s soup offered at the time (1962) were hung neatly in two long rows.  The paintings are among Warhol’s first silkscreened productions and are easily some of the most recognizable works of pop art.  Mind you, I’m a sucker for repetition (and pop art) so this wall of soup cans truly took my breath away. 

Campbell's Soup Cans by Andy Warhol

If you’re going to be in or around Atlanta this weekend, the museum is partnering with the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Campbell Soup Company and will be holding a canned food drive.  Canned Food Drive at the High will be running this Friday (Jan. 27) through Sunday (Jan 29).  For every can you donate, you’ll receive $1 off the price of admission, up to 10 cans!


  1. Wish I could get there this weekend!

  2. Also---love that Black Bean, Bean with Bacon and Green Pea are 3 in view here---my 3 favorite Campbell soups.

    1. I took a close-up of the Split Pea painting...