ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987)
Diamond Dust Shoes (Black and White)198040 x 59 1/2 in.(101.6 x 151.13 cm) screenprint with diamond dust
ProvenanceRonald Feldman Fine Arts Inc., New York
LiteratureWarhol, A., Feldman, F., Defendi, C., & Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (2003)
Andy Warhol prints: A catalogue raisonne : 1962-1987. New York: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers in association with Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. p. 120-121
Andy Warhol is synonymous with American art in the second half of the 20th century and is known for his iconic portraits and consumer products, mixing popular culture and fine art, redefining what art could be and how we approach art. While many of Warhol’s works may not represent famed individuals, his depictions of inanimate objects elevate his subjects to a level of celebrity. Warhol first depicted shoes early in his career when he worked as a fashion illustrator and returned to the theme in the 1980s, combining his fascination with consumerism and glamour. With his constant desire to fuse high and low culture, Warhol chose to highlight something that is so ubiquitous as shoes. The subject can denote poverty or wealth, function, or fashion. Warhol glamorizes the pile of footwear, covering them with a patina of glitzy diamond dust, further blurring the meaning between utilitarian need and stylized statement piece.