Andy Warhol

The Shoe Series


Not on display

Andy Warhol 1928–1987
Screenprint on paper
Support: 698 × 480 mm
frame: 765 × 547 × 38 mm
ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008

Online caption

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.

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