Oyster Stew and Other Masterpieces

Posted June 1, 2016 by The Argonaut in This Week
Warhol’s “Oyster Stew”

Warhol’s “Oyster Stew”

Among the most recognizable artworks of the 20th century, Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans series first appeared in 1962 as small paintings for sale in Los Angeles, then reappeared in the late 1960s as silk screen prints (which would become his signature medium).

“When Warhol was getting all this attention as an arbiter of fine art, he created hand-pulled silk screens of those same soup cans in editions of 250,” says Bergamot Station Art Center gallerist Robert Berman, who just happens to have one on hand.

On Sunday, Berman is auctioning off an original screen print of Warhol’s “Oyster Stew” along with works by Pablo Picasso, Banksy, Jean Michel Basquiat, Shepard Fairey, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mapplethorpe and Venice’s own Ed Moses.

But before he lets them go, Berman is delivering an art talk about this unique collection of pieces on Saturday — which just happens to coincide with that day’s Bergamot Station Artist Talk Series, featuring artists whose work is on display throughout various venues.

— Kathy Leonardo


The art talk is at 1 p.m. Saturday and the auction is from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Santa Monica Auctions, Bergamot Station A5 and B7, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica. Visit smauctions.com to register.


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