Los Angeles Modern Auctions is thrilled to present two screenprints on paper bags: Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Can (Tomato) and Roy Lichtenstein’s Turkey Shopping Bag will be available in LAMA’s October 9, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction. Both works were created for “The American Supermarket,” a celebrated exhibition organized by the artist Ben Birillo that opened in October 1964 at the Bianchini Gallery in New York.
At a time when figuration was considered dead, Larry Rivers insisted that figurative art and portraiture remained relevant—even radical. The singular style he developed combined the force and gesture of Abstract Expressionism with perfectly rendered, representational imagery. His preferred subject matter—everyday objects like playing cards, cigarette packs, and foreign currency—together with his signature cool, ironic detachment, have caused some to regard Rivers as the forerunner of Pop Art.