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Suzy Stanton's ''On Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup Can'' essay from Warhol's 1962 Stable Gallery show, Warhol's first Pop exhibition in a New York gallery.


Published by NY: Stable Gallery, 1962., 1962
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Eleven photocopied pages bound with a paperclip, with "Andy Warhol / Stable Gallery" red rubber stamp to the verso of the last page. In the spring of 1962, art critic Lawrence Alloway showed slides of Warhol's soup can works to his students at Bennington College, igniting arguments that flared throughout the school. One of his students, Suzy Stanton, wrote a paper for the course, parodying various hypothetical theories and motives that ostensibly led to the paintings. She devised an imaginative scenario in which sixteen students visited Warhol's studio and recorded their interpretations of the man and his work. In one of Stanton's fantasized versions, Warhol asks his visitor: "Won't you come and share my soup with me? I'm just about to have my lunch---or is it breakfast? Or dinner? Oh the time is not important, I always have soup no matter what the hour happens to be." As the two sit down, Warhol remarks: "I love soup, and I love it when other people love soup, too.You know, when I was little, my mother always used to feed us this kind of soup. But now she's gone, and sometimes when I have soup I remember her and I feel like she's right here with me again." There was a good measure of truth in this. According to Warhol's brother Paul, their mother habitually served Campbell's Soup at home, and Andy grew up on the product. Alloway sent a copy of Stanton's essay to Warhol, who was so enthusiastic about it that he had it photocopied, applied the rubber stamp to the back, and had it distributed as the announcement for his November 1962 show at the Stable Gallery. Suzy's recontextualized paper is Warhol's first artist's book, and falls within the continuum of appropriation art first defined by Duchamp's "Fountain" to the current total embrace of the form by Richard Prince. Vertical center crease from mailing, trivial wear, but a very nice copy. The original mailing envelope rubber-stamped "Stable Gallery" is present (slightly toned). The envelope is addressed to a person in the art department at the Carnegie Institute that Warhol attended in the late '40s. An important, though little-known, early Warhol rarity. OCLC turns up only one copy at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Bookseller Inventory # SKB-15371

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Title: Suzy Stanton's ''On Andy Warhol's Campbell ...

Publisher: NY: Stable Gallery, 1962.

Publication Date: 1962

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