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When it Comes to Soup, Beauty Is in the Eye and Mouth of the Beholder

Soup at Eastside in Minneapolis is healthy eye candy.

Andy Warhol was the first to elevate soup to art, but in his case it was the can that was the masterpiece, not what was in it. According to the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in NYC, Warhol meticulously painted 32 identical canvases, varying only by the verbiage on the labels, for a show in 1962, a nod to all 32 varieties of Campbell’s soup. His later Campbell soup art was silkscreened.

In case you’re wondering, tomato soup was the first flavor, introduced in 1897. https://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/andy-warhol-campbells-soup-cans-1962

At the time of the installation, he was quoted as saying: “I used to drink it. I used to have the same lunch every day, for 20 years, I guess, the same thing over and over again.”

Imagine how the lovely soups some of the chefs today are creating would have upped his lunch game.

When we tasted Joan's in the Park's Susan Dunlop’s strawberry gazpacho-style soup a few months back, we weren’t sure whether to eat it or frame it— so we did both.

Another lovely soup, perhaps in the Jackson Pollock-style of painting, was found at Eastside, also a few months back (we’ve been collecting soup art pics for awhile and are always on the lookout for more). What did people do before cell phone cameras? Imagine eating something you haven't documented first.

To our eye, what makes a soup a work of art is the vibrancy of the color, the interplay of the oily swirls and the delicacy of the well-placed garnishes. And it has to be swoon-worthy on the spoon.

Back in February, this delicate, but
outdoorsy soup was on the menu at
Esker Grove in the Walker Art Museum.
Every dish at Joan’s in the Park
is lovely, but this strawberry gazpacho
was frame worthy.
A thick pea soup served at a little
restaurant next door to the Saatchi
mansion in London, that was a hosting an art show.


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