Fred Armisen, Art Aficionado: Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol

Fred Armisen, Art Aficionado: Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol


-Fred,
we were talking backstage, and I was saying this about you,
and you were humble about it, but I believe it is true —
you are a renaissance man. And one thing
that is true about you that I don’t think
a lot of people know is, you were saying backstage, you have
an art historian’s knowledge of every painting ever painted. -Yeah, every, single one. [ Laughter ] -I could show you anything,
and you would be able to tell me the tiniest detail about it?
-Oh, yeah. [ Laughter ] -All right.
Well, it’s time once again for our segment,
“Fred Armisen: Art Aficionado.” [ Cheers and applause ] All right. Here we go, Fred.
This is Andy Warhol’s 1962 classic
“Campbell’s Soup Cans.” Fred, tell us everything you can
about this classic painting. -I…love this one. [ Laughter ] And… you know, the reds
that you see, Seth… -Yeah.
-…how does that make you feel? -The reds like here?
-Yeah. -It makes me feel, like,
that’s how — it’s the same red
as on the actual soup cans. -Nice. Okay.
[ Laughter ] You’re getting it.
[ Laughter ] And the lines — Do you see how
the lines come together? -Like, the way these —
like, these lines? -Yeah. Good.
[ Laughter ] It seems
like you understand it. Uh, basically,
these were birthday cards. And they were selling them, and Andy,
as I like to call him… [ Laughter ] -I think everyone does. -Oh, yeah!
I guess a lot of people do. -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] -Sort of stapled them together,
and it was — -They stapled
the birthday cards together? -Yes.
-Okay. -That’s how art is made.
It’s stapled together. [ Laughter ] [ Laughter ] Anyway…
[ Laughter ] It was a gift for a friend, and it shouldn’t be
sold as art in that way. So, this is
a private piece of art. -Okay.
-It is not meant for everybody, and it’s a birthday card
for a friend of his, and — -Did the friend, uh — Is it okay if I jump in
and ask you something? -Uh, quickly. [ Laughter ] -Was the friend, like, a fa– Was the friend
a fan of Campbell’s Soup? -Yes.
-Okay. -One of those, like,
Campbell’s Soup nerds. [ Laughter ]
-What are those? -Cerns.
-What? -Cer-nerds. [ Laughter ]
Cam-nerds. -Oh, cam-nerds
are Campbell’s Soup nerds? -Yes.
-And that’s a thing? -Yeah, or it was in the ’50s.
-Okay. -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] This is from 1962. -Right, right.
[ Laughter ] It was a reflection of that.
-Oh, I see. It’s, like, reflecting back. -Yeah, it’s just looking back.
That’s how time works. -Okay.
[ Laughter ] So, time reflects back
and art is stapled together? -Yes.
[ Laughter ] -Fred, you’ve done it again.
-Thank you. -Give it up for Fred, everybody.
[ Cheers and applause ] Art aficionado!

36 thoughts on “Fred Armisen, Art Aficionado: Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol

  1. Mmm… that confidence. It's the essence of all good improv. Makes for great character work.

    Insufferable in other contexts.

  2. Rebecca K. Art person.

    Andy Warhol – Andrew Warhola grew up in a household where his father died when he was young.
    Andrew was sick as a small child (faint memory he was in an iron lung) and when he was finally better and returned home his mother had to work long hours.
    The artist lived basically off Campbells soup for most of his youth. In his later years when his mother lived with him until her death, she would make him this same meal set and when he invited people over for business meetings he would make them this.

    Working in advertising throughout his artistic career, branding and trustworthy-ness was a core principle – people buy what they know.
    Hence why the soup, he knew it and it was instantly recognisable. I don't believe there was any copyright infringement issues at the time, Campbell had a 'bigger than jesus' stance on it as they believed that Warhol would flop. They would later go on to work with Warhol on a can remix, and about 15 years ago the re-released the warhol screen colourways (this is various colour combos).

    I have degrees, but I don't think Warhol is a pop icon, I think he is a symbol of determination in the face of homophobia (from people like Jasper Jones that actively told artists/institutes to not work with him as he was gay), and the savage mundane (suburbia).

  3. Just saw the Morrissey & Warhol's documentary 'Chelsea Girls' : these edjeets are so proud of insulting and slapping young women.

  4. You can paint anything your heart desires. But it's not art until it's stapled. That is why the masters stapled their canvases onto frames and only then were their painted illustrations turned into works of art. (The geniuses stapled the canvases onto the frames first, but it took centuries to figure this out, just look at cave wall paintings, and all the broken staples all over the ground probably covered by dirt so not yet discovered by archaeologists who are so easily distracted by dinosaur bones.)

  5. I wish there was a Fred and Seth conversation in every episode. I just binged watched em' and none of them got old

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