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Andy Warhol, Shoes, 1980 FS II.257

Artist: Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
Title:Shoes, 1980 FS II.257
Reference:FS II.257
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-7091

Historical Description

Andy Warhol Shoes, 1980 FS II.257 is a beautifully crafted graphic print that highlights Warhol's artistic talent and his interest in American pop culture and society. The print is coated in diamond dust, which reminds the viewer of a starry night sky with the way it interacts with the work's inky black background. The way Warhol has presented the shoes themselves evokes the image of an x-ray, with flat blocks of color forming the shapes of the shoes. In choosing high heels as the shoes he wanted to portray, Warhol emphasizes his fascination with American commercialized fashion and culture. High heels became essential to the working woman's uniform in the 1980s and high heeled pumps were irreversibly tied to the image of a fashionable woman in America. This print features grays, blacks, and pops of bright blues and subdued reds, accented with the sparkly diamond dust. The color choices allow 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.257 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.256.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Andy Warhol Shoes, 1980 FS II.257 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.257 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.257 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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