Tesco Tomato Soup Can

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This Banksy painting is a parody of the work of Andy Worhol. Using a product from a large grocery chain in England, Tesco Tomato Soup can, it recalls Worhols Campbells Soup painting. The work is simply an image of a can of tomato soup, the label reproduced accurately: blue stripes on a white background; the word value” in a red field. Part of the UPC code is visible on one side. The image is rendered on a gray background.

The painting glorifies and immortalizes the everyday. When it comes to something exciting or memorable, a can of soup is not anyones first thought. The work celebrates the mundane, the things rarely thought about. That it is on a gray background reinforces the colorless feel of the commonplace.

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