Warholian Food Styling Everywhere (Again, Forever)
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What is it about the work of Andy Warhol that gives it such enduring appeal? It’s been more than half a century since the eccentric artist first put to canvas the image of a Campbell’s soup can, but the iconic painting still lingers in American pop culture consciousness—and variations on it are springing up in the strangest of places.
Like at a pop-up event from Dominique Ansel Bakery in East Hampton, New York on August 2, where the eponymous chef will dole out 500 sundaes-in-a-can inspired by Warhol. (They comprise root-beer-flavored ice cream, stracciatella and mascarpone semifreddo, macerated cherries, toasted marshmallows, and meringue garnishes. Not your typical canned food fare.)
Dominique Ansel’s sundae-in-a-can. Photo credit: Dominique Ansel Bakery
Warhol-esque design was also on display earlier this month at a huge fête Absolut hosted at the boozy, all-bartenders event Tales of the Cocktail. Guests gawked at a wall of stacked cans branded with the word “Absolut” rather than “Campbell’s.”
A wall of Warhol-inspired “Absolut” cans. Photo credit: Absolut
Then, of course, there were the 2012 limited-edition Campbell’s soup cans emblazoned with Warhol’s own colorful Campbell’s soup designs. The design had finally come full circle.