Andy Warhol, ‘Shoes (Deluxe Edition) (FS II.252)’, 1980, Revolver Gallery

Warhol returned to his roots as a commercial illustrator with his 1980’s, Shoes (Deluxe Edition). However, this series is created in popart fashion with elements of repetition and color. This print is created with Diamond Dust, the by-product created during the making of industrial grade diamonds, to give it an extra pop. Warhol was obsessed with glamour, style, and fashion and his Shoes series is a visual declaration of his love for shoes. The print displays different shoes in a group floating upon a dark background.

During the early 1980s, Andy Warhol was forming bonds with a number of younger artists in the New York art scene including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel and David Salle. Warhol saw a re-emergence of critical and financial success during this period of his life. It was at this time that he was inspired to create a series which paid homage to his beginnings as a commercial illustrator. His Shoes series, which includes Shoes FS II.252 was created alongside prints featuring identical images of shoes, but the second series is accented by multi-colors.

Signature: of 10, 1 PP signed and numbered in pencil on verso. DE is marked after each number

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