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A real work of art like Lewis’s faux Warhol works made in the factory!

The other day, “Is Fake Art a Work of Art?” I talked about this Warhol-esque work during my recent lecture, “Is Fake Art Art Art?

This work was acquired from Coagula Curatorial in Los Angeles. Although the artist’s name is different, I wonder if this work can be called a fake. It is an interesting part of the history of art to think about such things.

Lewis Waldon (1934 – 2013 – actor and painter) appeared most in films directed by Andy Warhol. He was on staff at the Warhol Studio (Silver Factory) making silkscreens from the 60s-80s and played a role in the creation of some of Warhol’s most famous works. There is no doubt that he was one of the people behind the birth of Campbell Soup’s work.

Lewis was favored by Warhol, and this work was made in 1999, 12 years after his master’s death (1987), using the same mold. Lewis (below) is shown in Warhol’s film “Blue Movie.

Louis Waldon
Andy Warhol Superstar Years-Untitled (Campbell’s Soup Can), 1999
Silkscreen/Acrylic on Canvas
50.8 × 40.6 cm