We’re celebrating the end of the year by highlighting major art acquisitions of 2014. If you missed it, we already mentioned Wendy Red Star’s Four Seasons series and John Singleton Copley’s Henry Barry.
A golden, wooden shoe sculpture acquired by the Art Musuem in May is an exceptional and rare example of the three-dimensional output of Andy Warhol during the 1950s, a period when the artist worked in commercial design.
Dated circa 1956, Shoe was created before the emergence of Pop art in the 1960s. During this period, Warhol made a number of these painted, sculptural shoes, but only a few are known to still exist.
At the time he made Shoe, Warhol worked for I. Miller and Sons, a retailer of high-fashion women’s shoes in New York whose art director, Goldie Heller Greenberg, is credited as being among the first to recognize Warhol’s artistic talent. Warhol gave Shoe to Greenberg, whose nieces—St. Louisans Elizabeth and Julie Heller—inherited the sculpture and recently gave it to the Art Museum. Although it is currently not on view, Shoe should debut in the galleries in 2015.