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Diamond Dust Shoes (F. & S. II.252) Deluxe Edition

Diamond Dust Shoes (F. & S. II.252) Deluxe Edition
Signed Print

Andy Warhol

Screenprint, 1980
Signed Print Edition of 10
H 102cm x W 151cm

Critical Review

Diamond Dust Shoes (F. & S. II. 252) Deluxe Edition is part of the Diamond Dust Shoes series. In this series, Warhol returns to an iconic symbol that has come to define his early career- the high heel shoe. Warhol started his artistic career as a freelance commercial illustrator in New York in the 1950s and became renowned for his commercial drawings of shoes published in well-known fashion magazines such as Glamour, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. These illustrations exemplified Warhol’s tremendous draughtsmanship and eye for colour composition. Warhol in fact returned to a number of subjects he has previously depicted, commencing theRetrospectives and Reversals series in 1979. In these re-examinations Warhol demonstrates his creative flare by updating the subject matter. Warhol transforms these images of shoes, giving them a distinctly 1980s feel.

The print was made using the Diamond Dust method, developed by Rupert Jasen Smith who Warhol admired greatly. Moving away from the blotted line technique that characterised many of his commercial illustrations and early prints, such as the Cats Named Sam series, here Warhol incorporates diamond dust powder into his screen printing process. The use of this material not only enriches the surface of the prints, but also brings with it connotations of glamour, excess and luxury, transforming the everyday commodity into a symbol of extravagance.