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Andy Warhol, Shoes, 1980 FS II.256

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Shoes, 1980 FS II.256
Reference:FS II.256
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-7090

Historical Description

Andy Warhol Shoes, 1980 FS II.256 is a captivating print that showcases Warhol's creative skill and his artistic interests. Warhol calls on imagery of a glittery night sky with the added element of the diamond dust, and also that of an x-ray scan, using flat two-dimensional blocks of color to portray the high heels. The shoes themselves represent Warhol's obsession with American pop culture and the country's commercialization of fashion that took off in the 1980s. High heels became tied with the image of a fashionable American woman, and in turn became a source of inspiration for Warhol himself. 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. This print features a more subdued color palette or grays and blacks, accented with the sparkly diamond dust. The simple color choice allows Warhol’s graphic work to shine through in this captivating work, and reminds the viewer even more of an x-ray.

Created in 1980, Andy Warhol Shoes, FS II.256 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.253, Shoes FS II.254, Shoes FS II.255, Shoes FS II.257.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Andy Warhol Shoes, 1980 FS II.256 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, 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.256 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.256 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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