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After Banksy

Soup Cans, 2007

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Lot 2
Offset lithograph in colors on paper
33.0 x 23.0 in (83.8 x 58.4 cm)
Printed signature in plate on recto


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Using Andy Warhol’s Pop Art aesthetic, Banksy seeks to take Warhol’s iconic ‘Campbell Soup Cans’ one step further. Instead of playfully engaging with consumerism like Warhol, Banksy critiques Tesco, the British grocery conglomerate, and the overall mass production of food rampant in capitalist society. Designed after Banksy’s original ‘Soup Can’ featuring a single Tesco tomato soup can, this version features a grid of 25 cans on a white background.

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About After Banksy

Banksy (English, b. 1974) is a globally-recognized graffiti artist, activist, and provocateur. Known for his anonymity and stenciled figures, his work regularly engages political themes, satirically critiquing war, capitalism, hypocrisy, and greed. To this effect, his depictions of rats, apes, policemen, royalty, and children have surreptitiously appeared in museums, on street corners, and in installations throughout London and around the world. Democratic at heart, Banksy’s work spurns the bourgeois nature of the art world, as demonstrated in 2018 when he deliberately shredded one of his pieces moments after it sold at Sotheby’s. Still, his popularity forces him to tread a fine line between commercial and street art, which he examined in his Academy Award-nominated documentary, ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop.’