ART ON YOUR FEET: ANDY WARHOL AND CONVERSE

 

 These sneaks can make you go bananas this year of the monkey.

 

This 2016, Converse pays homage to Andy Warhol, the Pope of Pop, one of the most prolific artists of the 1960’s, famed for his avant-garde and highly commercial sensibilities.

 

Born on August 6, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Andy Warhol was a successful magazine and ad illustrator who ventured into a wide variety of art forms, including performance art, filmmaking, video installations and writing, and controversially blurred the lines between fine art and mainstream aesthetics.

 

His “Campbell’s Soup Cans” and “Gold Marilyn Monroe” made him famous worldwide, and his studio, known as “The Factory,” became a magnet for artists of the 60s counterculture.

 

He debuted the concept of “pop art”—paintings that focused on mass-produced commercial goods in a style that can only be described as popular, transient, expendable, low cost, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous and big business.

 

For his first major exhibition In 1962, he exhibited the now-iconic paintings of Campbell’s soup cans, which he claimed to have consumed for lunch most of his life.

 

As Warhol himself said, “Once you ‘got’ pop, you could never see a sign the same way again. And once you thought pop, you could never see America the same way again.”

 

His other famous pop paintings depicted Coca-cola bottles, vacuum cleaners and hamburgers as well as celebrity portraits in vivid and garish colors. His most famous subjects include Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger and Mao Zedong. His portrait ” Eight Elvises” was sold for $100 million in 2008, making it one of the most valuable paintings in world history.

 

Now, Converse celebrates his legacy with the Andy Warhol banana printed sneakers, one of the pop superstar’s most iconic graphics. The sneaks, available in low cut and hi cut version, is made of premium leather uppers with chrome eyelets and features the famous Warhol Banana Print.

 

 

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