The Shoe Series
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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The Shoe Series 1981
  • Artist Rooms
Shoes played a prominent role in Warhol’s early career as a commercial artist. His 1950s adverts for women’s footwear were well recognised and his fetish for shoes and feet continued throughout his life. In the 1980s he returned to the motif as a source of inspiration for a series of screenprints which incorporated diamond dust, the by-product created during the making of industrial grade diamonds. The effect of a shimmering surface is reminiscent of his use of gold leaf in the late 1950s, creating a magical touch of glamour. This exhibition poster shows a single emerald green shoe floating in a starry sky but many of the works in his shoe series incorporated lots of different shoes in groupings - reminiscent of still lifes.

Glossary Open

Motif

A distinctive element in a work of art or design.

Screenprint

A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Motif, Screenprint, Still life

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00434
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 69.80 x 48.00 cm (framed: 76.50 x 54.70 x 3.80 cm)
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008