Andy Warhol, ‘Diamond Dust Shoe’, 1981, Robin Rile Fine Art
Andy Warhol, ‘Diamond Dust Shoe’, 1981, Robin Rile Fine Art
Andy Warhol, ‘Diamond Dust Shoe’, 1981, Robin Rile Fine Art
Andy Warhol, ‘Diamond Dust Shoe’, 1981, Robin Rile Fine Art

The shoe, a product of Warhol’s start in graphic design in New York, became a symbol for the artist throughout his career. This one resembles a ballet slipper, another passion of Warhol’s. It is a fantastic 1981 synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas, with Diamond Dust. The canvas measures 45.7cm x 35.5cm and it is framed in a white shadowbox.

Signature: Signed and dated 'Andy Warhol 81' (on the overlap)

Miriam Shiell Fine Art, Toronto; Acquired from the above; Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles; Christie’s New York, 6 March, 2015 [Lot 12], purchased by present owner.

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York