Andy Warhol Shoes – Popular Prints
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While Andy Warhol maintained a love affair
with the celebrity cult throughout his life,
he also held a close relationship with fancy
footwear. The image of a woman’s shoe
was a prominent motif in Warhol’s work,
beginning in the early 1950’s. All prints
of Andy Warhol Shoes were whimsical and colorful,
and soon became very popular. The artist began
creating shoe portraits for personal friends
and colleagues. He even created a book titled
A La Recherche du Shoe Perdu,
which he passed around in New York to publicize
himself and his work. By the end of the 1950’s,
Warhol had made the shoe his dominant theme,
and had managed to infuse this simple and functional
object with glamour, sex appeal, and true magic.
Showcasing the Shoe
In the 1980’s, Warhol returned to his shoe motif and created a print
titled Shoes. It depicted images of brightly colored heels splashed on
a black background. Warhol, in true fashion, was producing an icon out
of an everyday item. He transformed shoes into objects of desire; just
as he did with Marilyn Monroe
and Jacqueline Kennedy. He gave them
life and personality, thus creating a portrait without an identifiable
face. It is also intriguing that the shoes are not shown in pairs, as
if Warhol’s purpose was to highlight each shoe’s own unique
properties, giving each one an identity. This particular print really
showcases Warhol’s past as a commercial illustrator. The multi-colored
footwear shows no signs of wear, and could easily be slipped into a commercial
A Darker Side
The prints of Andy Warhol Shoes seem to project a subtle, sexual nuance.
They appear fetishistic in nature, focusing and glamorizing the foot.
The bright yellow stiletto heel at the top of the print really piques
one’s curiosity. It instills a certain kind of image in the mind,
one of sex, confidence, and pleasure. This print also carries an aura
of voyeurism by allowing the viewer to peek into a woman’s closet.
It captures the beholder and delivers an electrifying spark.
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