Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987), Shoes, 1980. Polacolor, 4 1/4 x 3 3/8 in. Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
The artist who began his career as a commercial illustrator and gained attention for his drawings of women’s shoes continued to play with making us want to try them on for size. Warhol’s photographs delight in camp artifice, privilege the surface, and render humans as fetish object while enchanting the material objects of our consumption. This Polaroid presents a pair of men’s brogues called “wingtips” with sassily contrasting green laces in the format of an intimate double portrait. Here the tastes associated with the cultivation of a homosexual sensibility or those considered “light in their loafers” are not just the object of our look. The taste for style with a whistling capital “S” becomes our vantage point as we are held hovering to cruise the surfaces from heels to toes and cast our eye into a couple of soles.