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Andy Warhol, Shoes, 1980 FS II.253

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Shoes, 1980 FS II.253
Reference:FS II.253
Medium:Screenprint with diamond dust on Arches Aquarelle (Cold Pressed) paper.
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 (Pittsburgh, 1928 - New York, 1987) in pencil on verso.
Condition:This work is in excellent condition.
ID #w-7081

Historical Description

Andy Warhol Shoes, 1980 FS II.253 is an eye-catching composition of 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 commodified object of fashion and a representation of American culture, are a natural choice of subject for Warhol, who was a master of subversively exploring mass media and pop culture imagery. In Shoes, Warhol simultaneously maintains the iconic shape of the heel and creates abstracted graphic shapes that connect with each other and form beautiful negative space. The fiery reds, oranges and pinks (coupled with the diamond dust) endow this print with a captivating charm, playing into the overall chic look of the work and embodying the cultural trends of the time.

Created in 1980, Andy Warhol Shoes, FS II.253 is a screenprint with diamond dust on Arches Aquarelle (Cold Pressed) paper.. This work is hand-signed by Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh, 1928 - New York, 1987) in pencil on verso. Numbered from the edition of 60 on verso.

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.254, Shoes FS II.255, Shoes FS II.256, Shoes FS II.257.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:

Andy Warhol Shoes, 1980 FS II.253 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the sale of the work).

1. Feldman, F. and Schellmann, J. 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.253 on page 120.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this artwork.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Andy Warhol Shoes, 1980 FS II.253 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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