Andy Warhol, Shoes, 1980 FS II.254
|Artist:||Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)|
|Medium:||Color Screenprint on Arches Aquarelle (Cold Pressed) paper|
|Image:||40 1/4 in x 59 ½ in (102.2 cm x 151.1 cm)|
|Sheet:||40 1/4 in x 59 ½ in (102.2 cm x 151.1 cm)|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 60 on verso. Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York. Published by Andy Warhol, New York.|
|Signature:||This work is hand signed by Andy Warhol (Pennsylvania, 1928 - New York, 1987) in pencil on verso.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
Andy Warhol Shoes, 1980 is an eye-catching composition of jewel-colored high-heeled women’s shoes, seen from various angles. The composition resembles both a night sky and a fabulous x-ray. Warhol sprinkles the surface of the prints with diamond dust which, combined with the black background, give the work a glittery, celestial energy that perfectly encapsulates Warhol’s artistic style. The graphic silhouette of the various heels, instantly recognizable despite the flat coloring, is reminiscent of an x-ray scan, adding an additional layer of wit to the visually verbose piece. High heels, an object of pure fashion and intrinsically a representation of culture, are a natural choice of subject for Warhol, who was a master of subversively exploring mass media and pop culture imagery. In Shoes, the elegant curve of a heel, the slope of an arch, and the pointed bend of a toe are detached from their commercial purpose of advertisement and instead turned into graphic shapes that connect with each other and form beautiful negative space. The subdued blues, greens, and pinks (coupled with the diamond dust) endow the print with a sleek charm, playing into the overall chic look of the work and embodying the cultural trends of the times.
Created in 1980, this color screenprint with diamond dust on Arches Aquarelle (Cold Pressed) paper is hand signed by Andy Warhol (Pennsylvania, 1928 - New York, 1987) in pencil and numbered from the edition of 60 on verso. Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York. Published by Andy Warhol, New York.
This screenprint is part of the Shoes portfolio, created in 1980, listed as FS II.253-257. Exploring different color combinations and positionings in each print, the portfolio is diverse and compelling as a whole. Find the rest of the portfolio here: Shoes FS II.253, Shoes FS II.255, Shoes FS II.256, Shoes FS II.257.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Andy Warhol Shoes, 1980 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonné and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).
1. Feldman, Frayda and Jörg Schellmann. Andy Warhol Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné 1962 – 1987, 4th Ed. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 2003. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. II.254.
2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Andy Warhol Shoes, 1980 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.