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.
James Gill emerged as a phenomenon in the Los Angeles art scene of the early 1960s, where he drew a following from members of the Hollywood community as well as the attention of established patrons of the East Coast art world. The use of bright colors and serial imagery drawn often from celebrity culture and the news media prompted many to define Gill as a Pop artist, yet his blurred painterly technique also won him comparisons to Francis Bacon. In 1972, still at the height of fame, Gill retreated from the public eye, eventually returning to his native town of San Angelo, Texas.