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Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol, Shoes with Diamond Dust, 1980

1980

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Screenprint in colours with diamond dust, 1980, on Arches Aquarelle Cold Pressed paper, signed, inscribed and numbered in pencil on the reverse, an hors commerce impression aside from the edition of 60, published by the artist with his copyright inkstamp on the reverse, 101 x 150.8cm. Andy Warhol loved to draw them—high heels, pumps, or jeweled stilettos– many of them were blotted-line drawings, filled in with color, and created when the artist was a commercial fashion illustrator in 1950s New York. Andy Warhol returned to these primary motifs in the 1980s with his series Diamond Dust Shoes, beginning as an advertising assignment from Halston. In Diamond Dust Shoes, Andy Warhol placed glittering, multi-colored arrangements of women’s shoes against black backgrounds. As a successful commercial artist, Andy Warhol’s acclaim escalated when he drew imaginative images of shoes for the retail store I. Miller. Victor Hugo sent down a big box of various styles to be photographed for the ad campaign of Halston’s shoe licensee, Garolini. Ronnie turned the box upside down and dumped the shoes out. Andy liked the way they looked spilled all over the floor. So he took a few Polaroids and had Ronnie take a lot more. The diamond-dust idea was taken from Rupert Smith, who had been using the industrial-grade ground-up stones on some prints of his own. He was foolish enough to tell Andy where to buy it and foolish enough to be surprised when it turned up as Andy’s art. “Oh, it fell on my painting and stuck.” said Andy. In 1980, Andy Warhol returned to his roots as a commercial illustrator, by creating his “Shoes” series. Warhol implemented his signature style of repetition, arranging the shoes in a seemingly haphazard, yet methodical manner. The composition provides a candid perspective of shoes, spilled out on the floor in no particular order, but also presents the various views of the classic high-heel, leaving no element of the shoe hidden. The conceptualisation of these prints, undoubtedly, is a revival of the beginning of his artistic career in which his speciality was none other than women’s shoes.

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  • Artist
    Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987, American)
  • Creation Year
    1980
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39.77 in. (101 cm)Width: 59.38 in. (150.8 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 1013661stDibs: LU4705884192

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About Andy Warhol (Artist)

The name of American artist Andy Warhol is all but synonymous with Pop art, the movement he helped shape in the 1960s. He is known for his clever appropriation of motifs and images from popular advertising and commercials, which he integrated into graphic, vibrant works that utilized mass-production technologies such as printmaking, photography and silkscreening. Later in his career, he expanded his oeuvre to include other forms of media, founding Interview magazine and producing fashion shoots and films on-site at the Factory, his world-famous studio in New York.


     Born and educated in in Pittsburgh, Warhol moved to New York City in 1949 and built a successful career as a commercial illustrator. Although he made whimsical drawings as a hobby during these years, his career as a fine artist began in the mid-1950s with ink-blot drawings and hand-drawn silkscreens. The 1955 lithograph You Can Lead a Shoe to Water illustrates how he incorporated in his artwork advertising styles and techniques, in this case shoe commercials.


     As a child, Warhol was often sick and spent much of his time in bed, where he would make sketches and put together collections of movie-star photographs. He described this period as formative in terms of his skills and interests. Indeed, Warhol remained obsessed with celebrities throughout his career, often producing series devoted to a famous face or an object from the popular culture, such as Chairman Mao or Campbell’s tomato soup. The1967 silkscreen Marilyn 25 embodies his love of bright color and famous subjects.


     Warhol was a prominent cultural figure in New York during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The Factory was a gathering place for the era’s celebrities, writers, drag queens and fellow artists, and collaboration was common. To this day, Warhol remains one of the most important artists of the 20th century and continues to exert influence on contemporary creators.

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