Just Shoes: Where Art, Craft and Fantasy Meet

February 3 – March 16, 2022

Robert Steele, (left to right) "Corrugated Curves VII", "Corrugated Curves I", "Corrugated Curves II", "Corrugated Curves V", Corrugated Cardboard 8"x3.5"x9.75", 9"x3.25"x8.5", 6.25"x3"x9.5", 10"x3"x11.5"

Just Shoes: Where Art, Craft and Fantasy Meet features more than 70 shoes by 20 artists, selected from a larger collection of fantasy shoes commissioned by Jane Gershon Weitzman, wife of the renowned shoe designer Stuart Weitzman. Jane had a vision to create a gallery of fantasy shoes in their Madison Avenue store windows and she traveled the world to find artists who could help her fulfill her dream. Cobbled together from a surprising array of materials and forms, blending traditional craftsmanship with the unexpected, these shoes exist as artistic one-offs. Totally unwearable and joyfully defiant of practical use and anatomy, they exist purely to delight the eye and the imagination.

Curators: Debra Fram and Barbara Richards

Douglas Wilson

Robert Tabor

Daniele Pollitz

Douglas Wilson, "Automata II", Wire, Acrylic Film, Stainless Steel, 4.5” H x 5.25” W x 10” L
Robert Tabor, "Spin Your Wheels", Acrylic, Fabric, Vinyl, Trim, Rhinestones, 7.75” H x 4.5” W x 10” L
Danielle Pollitz, "Branshusi I", Resin, 4.25” H x 3” W x 8.25” L

Joanne Bedient

Linda Leviton

Sharon Von Senden

Joanne Bedient, "Udderly Divine", Raku-Fired Clay, 5” H x 3” W x 7.5” L
Linda Leviton, "Flower Power", Coated and Bare Copper Wire, 8” H x 5.5” W x 9.75” L
Sharon Von Senden, "Jewels at Work", Stained Glass, Swarovski Crystals, Vintage Stones, 5.5” H x 4” W x 10” L

Drake Phillip Wesson

Ida Rak

Robert Steele

Drake Phillip Wesson, "Dynamic Duo" (only one shoe in the pair is on view), Low-Fired Ceramic, 8.5” H x 4” W x 6.75” L
Ida Rak, "Good Day Roseshine", Handmade Paper, Gouache, 12” H x 5” W x 10” L
Robert Steele, "Corrugated Curves VIII", Corrugated Cardboard, 11” H x 3.5” W x 8” L

Anthony Rosiello

Ann Johnson

Keith Winchester

Anthony Rosiello, "Tiny Trellis", Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper, Archival Glue, 4” H x 4.5” W x 12” L
Ann Johnson (AKA F.B.Fogg), "After a While", Albaca, Cotton Rag, Transient Dyes, 4” H x 4.5” W x 15” L
Keith Winchester, "Woven Wonder", Armature Wire, Silk, Resin, Beads, 9.5” H x 3” W x 8.25” L

Joan Klimo

Kevin Radu

Irene C. Reed

Joan Klimo, "Shoucan", Fabric, Mixed Media, 7.5” H x 4” W x 11” L
Kevin Radu, "Steel Reflections VI", Steel, 8” H x 6” W x 13” L
Irene C. Reed, "Sleeping Beauties", Crocheted Cotton, Metallic Thread, 7.75” H x 4” W x 9.5” L

Dante Taparelli

Nina Bentley

Robert Steele

Dante Taparelli, "Winged Victory", Wood, Metal, Found Artifacts, Lasts, 15” H x 5.5” W x 16” L
Nina Bentley, "A Woman’s Platform", Mixed Media, Found Objects, 12” H x 3.5” W x 9.5” L
Robert Steele, "Stairway to Heaven", Paper Collage on Shoe, 10.25” H x 3” W x 9” L

Tommaso Tastini

Dan Crowley

Joan McClutchy de Vidargas

Tommaso Tastini, "Fins and Scales", Plexiglas, 6” H x 3” W x 15” L
Dan Crowley, "Frankenstein", Polymer Clay, Paint, 5” H x 4” W x 9.75” L
Joan McClutchy De Vidargas, "By Any Other Name", Bronze, 9” H x 3” W x 15” L

Thursday, February 3, 6 – 8 pm, Flinn Gallery
Opening Reception

Saturday, February 26, 2 – 3 pm, Berkley Theater
Shoes: In Conversation with Jane Gershon Weitzman and Christina Chiu