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King 1 Nick King English 1100 Kevin Young M-W-F 1:00-1:50 Campbell’s Soup Cans In the essay entitled “Ways of Seeing” by John Berger we are asked to think about the way that we see life and the world around us. Berger uses art as a metaphor to help to get his point across. The image that stuck out to me while reading this essay was Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans.” There are many reasons why these particular “iconic” paintings came to my mind. Andy Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Cans” are a series of thirty-two individual paintings of the traditional red and white Campbell’s soup cans that can be found in grocery stores around the world. There are thirty-two different paintings; one for each of Campbell’s soup flavors at the time when Warhol created the exhibit. The series was originally displayed by Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1962 with a white shelf under each painting. Warhol’s intention behind using the shelves was to create an illusion for the viewer, so that it appeared as if the viewer was actually looking at cans on the shelf of a grocery store. However, Warhol’s masterpieces are no longer displayed with the white shelves underneath them. They are currently on display in the Museum of Modern Art, which is located in New York City. The paintings were never meant to be in any certain order The exhibit opened in 1987 and the paintings have been on display there ever since.
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King 2 Looking at the displays of the paintings one would assume there is nothing special about a soup can on a canvas; even having never seen the actual paintings before it is not hard for someone to imagine what the paintings would look like in person. If you know what the traditional Campbell’s Soup Cans looks like then you can envision what the
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGLISH 1000 taught by Professor Downer during the Fall '08 term at Appalachian State.

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