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Andy Warhol, from the Artist's Hands series

Andy Warhol, from the Artist's Hands series


Rena Small

American, born 1954

Rena Small thinks of her series Artist's Hands as a form of collaborative portraiture. In this poignant photograph Andy Warhol is signing a can of Campbell soup - an object that he had transformed into a pop icon in some of his 1960s works. With this simple action, Warhol reclaims this mass-produced product as a Readymade, and declares himself as its artistic originator.
Silver gelatin print
11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Gift of the artist
Provenance: The artist
Not currently on view


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Pop Departures, October 9, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Pasadena, CA, Art Center College of Design, 1989; Venice, CA, West Beach Café, 1996; Beverly Hills, CA, Platt Gallery, 1997

Santa Monica, CA, Craig Krull Gallery, date unknown; Venice, CA, James Beach Restaurant (formerly West Beach Café), Excerpts: Artists’ Hands Grid Continuum, January 13–February 23, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, Angles Gallery in collaboration with Hinge Modern, The Artists’ Hands Grid Continuum, March 1¬–April 12, 2014

Published ReferencesWarhol, Andy. “Modern Masters Artists’ Hands.” Interview Magazine (1985)
Blessing, Jennifer. Speaking with Hands: Photographs from the Buhl Collection. Exh. cat. New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2004.

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