Andy Warhol - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Sunday, November 25, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present lot is from Warhol's Diamond Dust Shoe series, highlighting an important motif in Warhol’s early career. As a commercial illustrator for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, illustrating shoes propelled Warhol towards his first critical success. In the 1980s, Warhol revisited this motif by producing multi-coloured combinations of women’s shoes that floated across a flat black background. The composition for this series was inspired by an occasion during an advertisement campaign for Garolini, when shoes tipped from a box were strewn across the floor in a haphazard manner. Polaroid shots were taken as visual basis and Warhol later recreated this spontaneous arrangement using shoes from his own collection. The "diamond dust" that sparkles across the surface of Shoes is in fact pulverised glass, as diamond dust did not produce the same shimmering texture Warhol desired and proved to be too chalky. Shoes combines art, fashion, glitz and glamour in Warhol’s quintessential style.

  • Artist Biography

    Andy Warhol

    American • 1928 - 1987

    Andy Warhol was the leading exponent of the Pop Art movement in the U.S. in the 1960s. Following an early career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol achieved fame with his revolutionary series of silkscreened prints and paintings of familiar objects, such as Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities, such as Marilyn Monroe. Obsessed with popular culture, celebrity and advertising, Warhol created his slick, seemingly mass-produced images of everyday subject matter from his famed Factory studio in New York City. His use of mechanical methods of reproduction, notably the commercial technique of silk screening, wholly revolutionized art-making.

    Working as an artist, but also director and producer, Warhol produced a number of avant-garde films in addition to managing the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founding Interview magazine. A central figure in the New York art scene until his untimely death in 1987, Warhol was notably also a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.


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signed and numbered '60/60 Andy Warhol' on the reverse
screenprint with diamond dust
151 x 102 cm. (59 1/2 x 40 1/8 in.)
Executed in 1980, this work is number 60 from an edition of 60.

HK$700,000 - 900,000 

Sold for HK$1,000,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 26 November 2018