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By Gary Indiana

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In the summertime of 1962, Andy Warhol unveiled 32 Soup Cans in his first solo exhibition on the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles—and despatched the paintings global reeling. The responses ran from incredulity to outrage; the poet Taylor Mead defined the exhibition as “a incredible slap within the face to America.” The exhibition positioned Warhol at the map—and remodeled American tradition without end. virtually single-handedly, Warhol collapsed the centuries-old contrast among “high” and “low” tradition, and created a brand new and notably glossy aesthetic.

In Andy Warhol and the Can that offered the realm, the dazzlingly flexible critic Gary Indiana tells the tale of the genesis and influence of this iconic murals. With strength, wit, and super perspicacity, Indiana recovers the pleasure and controversy of the Pop paintings Revolution and the intense, tormented, and profoundly narcissistic determine at its forefront.

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They trafficked in the jargon of “greatness,” of “major” and “minor,” “important,” “groundbreaking,” and so on, the broad-brush vocabulary of subjective opinion marshaling a quorum. This language of consensus-building, of gathering a claque around a proper name, carried weight at a time when few Americans were familiar with any sort of art, and the sheer assertiveness of these critics attracted attention for the New Art in larger media venues than the small magazines that published their writings.

This won Warhol his first Art Directors Club gold medal in 1953. Warhol’s “fine art” efforts throughout the 1950s reflect two alternating, sometimes jarringly combined, distinct tendencies. Many of these pieces used virtually the same stippled, blotted, or continuous-line techniques of his commercial works, while others incorporated an 45 9780465002337-text:Layout 1 11/30/09 9:45 AM Page 46 ANDY WARHOL AND THE CAN THAT SOLD THE WORLD emphatic painterly drizzle and motes of scumbled brushwork imitative of Abstract Expressionism.

Numerous MoMA trustees had close ties to the company. Jock Whitney had belonged to the CIA’s forerunner, the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), and after the war he established J. H. ” One partner in Whitney’s venture, William H. Jackson, was the CIA’s deputy director. William Burden, appointed chairman of MoMA’s advisory committee in 1940, had been president of the CIA’s Fairfield Foundation. It would take an entire chapter to cite the names and résumés of MoMA trustees, consultants, committee chairmen, and others employed by the museum while engaged in propaganda and intelligence work for the CIA and clandestine funding of anticommunist left publications such as Encounter.

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