Sidewalk is a signed screen print on Dutch Etching paper produced by the renowned Pop Artist Andy Warhol. The print was made in 1983 and comes in an edition size of 250. In this print, Warhol depicts the handprints and signatures of celebrities who left their mark on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Warhol captures the imprints left by Cary Grant, Judy Garland, Jack Nicholson and Shirley Temple in a print that explores the ways in which celebrities are memorialised.
The print was published in a collaborative portfolio of works, Eight by Eight, to Celebrate the Temporary Contemporary, which was produced in 1983 to raise money for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The portfolio contained eight works by eight different artists. Hollywood is a central neighbourhood in Los Angeles and has become synonymous with show business and stardom. Warhol’s decision to focus his piece on this iconic strip of Los Angeles aligns the museum with celebrity culture, demonstrating how Warhol thought the Museum of Contemporary Art was a very important and significant part of the city.
The print harks back to Warhol’s obsession with fame and celebrities. Warhol was drawn to the glamour and glitz of the celebrity world and enjoyed hosting parties at his New York studio, The Factory, where he could drink, dance and mingle with all the hottest stars.