About the work:
Eric Doeringer’s Campbell’s Soup Tote Bag is inspired by a multiple Andy Warhol created for the 1964 “American Supermarket” exhibition at Bianchini Gallery. The exhibition, one of the earliest devoted to Pop Art, transformed the gallery into a “supermarket”, with artworks displayed on shelves alongside actual cans of Campbell’s Soup and other products. Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein both designed silkscreened shopping bags for the exhibition, which visitors could carry their purchases. Famous for making paintings with a silkscreen, Warhol published surprisingly few editioned prints before 1967; and the Campbell’s Soup Shopping Bag perfectly encapsulates his position at the crossroads of art and commerce.
In Doeringer’s version, the soup can has been updated to the 2014 design (similar to 1964, but with a pop-top and a slightly different label) and the bag from paper to the now-ubiquitous tote. It is also a “cheap knock-off” of what has become quite and expensive “designer handbag”, referencing the black market in counterfeit luxury goods that is a hallmark of contemporary consumerism.
About the Artist:
Eric Doeringer is an artist based in New York. Known for selling “Bootleg” copies of contemporary artworks outside of galleries and art fairs, Doeringer has also exhibited at institutions including The Whitney Museum, La Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, PS1 MoMA, The Brooklyn Museum, MASS MoCA, MUSAC (Spain), and Museum Brandhorst (Germany). His 2014 exhibition “Paintings and Sculpture” at Mulherin + Pollard, New York, presented updated versions of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans, Coca-Cola Bottles, and Brillo Boxes.