As part of my series for Monochromasters I sometimes make monochromes of a series of works by one artist. I thought it was interesting to see what would happen if I made a monochromaster version of every one of the 32 Campbell’s Soup cans by Andy Warhol. This work is famous for being objective, repetitive, machine-like. How would it function as a series of monochromes?
The resulting set of 32 monochromes, arranged in the same way as the originals are in the MOMA in New York
I based the monochromes on a high-res image that I licensed from Scala, who does rights management for the Warhol estate. This is a lower resolution version of the source image:
I needed to do some perspective correction on the photo to be able to crop the cans individually. Then I saved them each under their name and number and ran the program.
I posted all individual works on instagram, but in the end I decided they functioned best as one image: I combined the resulting monochromes in one picture, in the same configuration as they hang in MOMA NY, with the same relative space between them.
And you can see and buy the image as an NFT on OpenSea as part of the Monochromasters collection of NFTs.
I am looking into making physical versions of all the monochrome soup cans, in the original size, on canvas, which I would like to exhibit in the same way as Andy Warhol exhibited the original soup cans at Ferus gallery in Los Angeles.
Or someone could buy them all, like Ferus dealer Irving Blum did with the original Warhol soup cans in the 60s, and display them all in their kitchen…