Since opening the doors of its flagship store in 1996, luxury shoe brand Stuart Weitzman has showcased footwear commissioned by artists, designers and craftsmen from around the world. The most inventive of these shoes will be featured in Art & Sole, on view in the Bass Museum of Art’s bassX gallery from March 8 through April 10, 2016, located in the Miami Beach Regional Library.
These fantasy shoes are remarkable for their imaginative construction and elaborate adornment. The shoes are constructed from unexpected materials such as bronze, ceramic, wire, Plexiglas, or cardboard as in the case of Robert Steeleâ€™s Corrugated Curves, VI. Other shoes are noteworthy for their surfaces, embellished with feathers, gems, fresh flowers and cake frosting. Joan Klimo, who worked in fabric and mixed media, transformed shoes into whimsical soft sculptures.
Art & Sole is part of the museumâ€™s bassX series of artist projects based in the Miami Beach Library during the museumâ€™s yearlong renovation. bassX is organized by Jose Carlos Diaz, Bass Museum Curator of Exhibitions and Leilani Lynch, Curatorial Assistant, and is generously funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.Â Fantasy Shoes from the Collection of Jane Gershon Weitzman on view in the Bass Museumâ€™s bassX Gallery March 8 â€“ April 10, 2016.