Andy Warhol, ‘Shoes 255 by Andy Warhol’, 1980, Revolver Gallery

Title: Shoes 255
Medium: Screenprint with Diamond Dust on Arches Aquarelle (Cold Pressed) Paper.
Year: 1980
Size: 40 1/4″ x 59 1/2″
Edition: Edition of 60, 10 AP, 2 PP, signed and numbered in pencil on verso.

Andy Warhol returned to his roots as a commercial illustrator when he created Shoes 255 in 1980 for his Shoes portfolio. The monochromatic screenprint shows an array of different styles of women’s shoes in white with a solid black background. The work is completely covered in diamond dust, a gift Warhol received from a friend at the factory and then incorporated into his artistic process. Shoes 255 is an homage to the pop artist’s early career and exemplifies Warhol’s love for all things glamorous.

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