Re-appropriation Art?

“Art of Soup” A recent collaboration between Target, Campbell’s and the Andy Warhol Foundation, in celebration of the paintings’ 50th anniversary.  The multicolored cans feature a facsimile autograph by, portrait of, and quote from, Andy Warhol and contain actual tomato soup.

Appropriation Art results from borrowing elements of visual culture (either completely or in part) and re-contextualizing them into new works, that play on the ideas of the original. But what happens when an appropriation artwork becomes iconic enough to be appropriated in its own right?

What are we to make of it when an object of appropriation appropriates its resulting artwork? Can the re-appropriated object be considered art as well or is it merely an ironic byproduct of popular culture? Where do we draw the lines of distinction between art and product?


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