Andy Warhol - Contemporary Art Part I New York Wednesday, November 11, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York; Gagosian Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Shortly after arriving in New York in June 1949, Andy Warhol received his first freelance assignment—to illustrate shoes for an article in Glamour magazine, “Success is a job in New York.” Warhol’s success as a commercial illustrator for fashion magazines and advertising agencies dramatically grew as he became the sole illustrator for the I. Miller shoe campaign a few years later. Subsequently, shoes quickly became one of Warhol’s earliest and most classic motifs.
    In the 1980s Warhol returned to images of shoes and began setting multicolored combinations of women’s shoes against black backgrounds and covering the surface with sparkling diamond dust—a medium first presented to him by his printer and fellow Pop artist, Rupert Smith. The sparkling and glittering qualities inherent to diamond dust allowed Warhol to dramatically imbue his works with a heightened sense of sexiness, high fashion, glamour and stardom that he so very much adored.

  • Artist Biography

    Andy Warhol

    American • 1928 - 1987

    Known as the “King of Pop,” Andy Warhol was the leading face of the Pop Art movement in the United States 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 like Campbell's soup tins, and celebrities like 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 a mentor to such artists as Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

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Diamond Dust Shoes


Acrylic and silkscreen inks with diamond dust on canvas.

50 3/4 x 42 1/2 in. (129 x 108 cm).

Stamped with The Estate of Andy Warhol and with The Andy Warhol Foundation seals and numbered “PA70.049” on the overlap.

$300,000 - 400,000 

Sold for $506,500

Contemporary Art Part I

12 Nov 2009
New York