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!

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

  • November 26, 2019 at 10:05 am
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    Me in front of my smarter crush.

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  • November 26, 2019 at 10:06 am
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    Good to have fred back!

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  • November 26, 2019 at 10:10 am
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    The question I was hoping to hear was what was the message inside the cards per Fred?

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  • November 26, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    This guy 😂

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  • November 26, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    So THAT'S how art is made. It's stapled together! Brilliant 😀

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  • November 26, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    Andy made them for Basquait in exchange for the postcards✌

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  • November 26, 2019 at 10:17 am
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    Mmm… that confidence. It's the essence of all good improv. Makes for great character work.

    Insufferable in other contexts.

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  • November 26, 2019 at 10:20 am
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    Love these. But this one was a bit awk. Lol.
    Seth’s coffee cup looks as though it’s full of paintbrushes.

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  • November 26, 2019 at 10:22 am
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    this one, wasn't that great :/

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  • November 26, 2019 at 10:27 am
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    Fred should go on tinder lol

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  • November 26, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    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).

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  • November 26, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    Fred is a gift to this world and must be protected at all costs!

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  • November 26, 2019 at 11:37 am
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    Lol I love this show!!

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  • November 26, 2019 at 11:45 am
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    Just saw the Morrissey & Warhol's documentary 'Chelsea Girls' : these edjeets are so proud of insulting and slapping young women.

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  • November 26, 2019 at 12:51 pm
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    Fred Armisen and Lena Headey should do a movie together

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  • November 26, 2019 at 12:58 pm
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  • November 26, 2019 at 1:05 pm
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    Im a total cam-nerd! Will you tell us if you get any Campbells soup in the mail?

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  • November 26, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    Watched the whole vid… that'll learn me 🤨

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  • November 26, 2019 at 2:02 pm
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    LOVE FRED ARMISEN !!!!!

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  • November 26, 2019 at 2:33 pm
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    Wow. They're still pretending Fred is a bandleader? 🙂

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  • November 26, 2019 at 3:37 pm
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    I don't like how Seth doubts Fred.

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  • November 26, 2019 at 3:41 pm
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    That's about how I describe any painting.

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  • November 26, 2019 at 4:06 pm
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    Is that melipnos..??

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  • November 26, 2019 at 6:31 pm
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    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.)

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  • November 26, 2019 at 6:35 pm
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    Stapled together, that’s also how comedy is made.

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  • November 26, 2019 at 6:45 pm
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    Seth managed to out stare Fred!

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  • November 26, 2019 at 7:41 pm
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    I wish Fred would come to our house for Thanksgiving.

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  • November 26, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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    I would love to know how this segment became a thing!

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  • November 26, 2019 at 9:57 pm
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    I always believe Fred, the first 3 mins.

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  • November 27, 2019 at 1:19 am
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    Meh.. I'm more of a Chef Boyardee type.

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  • November 27, 2019 at 2:21 am
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    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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  • November 27, 2019 at 2:53 am
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    “That’s how art is made.”
    *stare
    “That’s how time works.”
    *stare
    God, I love him.

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  • November 27, 2019 at 3:13 am
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    oh fred

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  • November 27, 2019 at 3:29 am
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    As a person with an actual degree in Art History, this is exactly how we dissect paintings in our field.

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  • November 27, 2019 at 3:55 am
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    Fred should have his own show. His humor is so tongue in cheek. LOL.

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  • November 27, 2019 at 4:29 am
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    that was my birthday card and i don't appreciate you putting it on tv. that was between me and andy

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  • November 27, 2019 at 9:37 am
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    Fred Armisen is hilarious but seems like he'd be exhausting to spend more than 5 minutes with.

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  • November 27, 2019 at 10:21 am
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    Why has no one mention that Fred’s mic is so comically tiny.

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  • November 27, 2019 at 9:20 pm
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    The music bit they use in the intro reminds me of Candy Crush every time i hear it..
    Tastyyyyy

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  • November 28, 2019 at 12:33 am
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    Ray Johnson (who andy ripped off) did make his pop art as gifts for friends

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  • November 28, 2019 at 2:48 am
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    so unfunny.

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  • November 28, 2019 at 3:26 am
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    If this really is never rehearsed it's fucking brilliant

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  • November 28, 2019 at 1:43 pm
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    "Time Reflects Back" and "Art Is Stapled Together". Gods, I loved those albums.

    –Dave, the only known collaborations between Neil Young and the Firesign Theater

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