Warhol, Andy

Andy Warhol, The Souper Dress

Description: Color silkscreen. 1967-1968. Signed with the initials in black marker on the dress label. Edition unknown, few survive intact, fewer still in fine condition. Printed on paper: 80% cellulose, 20% cotton. The complete dress, untrimmed at bottom. Fine impression. Fine, virtually pristine condition – never worn, never ironed; vibrant colors – no fading or yellowing as is typical with this object; vertical and horizontal folds as issued. Overall size: 38 x 22 in. (965 x 559 mm).

We have not located any auction records of a signed example of the dress. An unsigned example sold for $7,040, including premium, at Rago Fine Arts and Auction, May 18, 2013, lot #705 (which, while catalogued as complete, appears to have been trimmed at the bottom). The dress has sold as high as $23,275, Phillips New York, March 10, 2007, lot #1218. Our example, unlike some others, does not have the bottom hem cut off (the concept was that the bottom of the dress could be cut to fit). The printing date is variously given as 1960, 1965, 1966, and 1968. For two vegetable soup can labels and $1.00 Campbell’s would send you this A-line dress, fire resistant unless washed or cleaned, three sizes available (small: 5-8; medium: 9-12; large: 13-16). In the permanent collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the National Museum of Singapore; the Islip Art Museum; and the Kirkland Museum, among others. Published by the Campbell Soup Company.

Andy Warhol was an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silkscreening, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962), the experimental film Chelsea Girls (1966), and the multimedia events known as the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966–67).

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