Untitled, For Meyer Schapiro is a screen print produced by Andy Warhol, one of the leading figures of the Pop Art movement. The print is dominated by sombre black and grey tones which contrast with Warhol’s other prints which tend to privilege bright and bold colours. In this print, Warhol depicts a Campbell’s Soup can, a subject that the artist explored in a print collection in 1962.
The piece was made in 1974 as part of a portfolio of works, For Meyer Schapiro. The works were published by The Committee to Endow a Chair in Honor of Meyer Schapiro at Columbia University, New York, in order to celebrate Schapiro’s 70th birthday. The portfolio is composed of lithographs, etchings and silk screen prints and the artworks were exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Meyer Schapiro was a Lithuanian-born art historian who emigrated to New York in 1907. Schapiro was much admired for his scholarship and lectured at Columbia University in New York. The profits of the collection went towards funding the Meyer Schapiro Professorship of Art History at Columbia.