Step Up!

An art and fashion project that’s good for the sole.

Marilyn Minter Charlotte Olympia Shoe

Fresh off the heels of the wildly successful Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, Studio in a School is presenting yet another stylish endeavor: “Stepping Up for Art.” Spearheaded by 16-year-old art world progeny India Wolf, and in collaboration with Gagosian Gallery and Charlotte Olympia, the non-profit organization enlisted 20 contemporary artists to customize Olympia’s “Dolly” platform heel: Marilyn Minter furnished her shoes in a blue M&M print; Laurie Simmons photographed them on her lifelike dolls; Ed Ruscha went the minimalist route, printing “GO SO; SO GO” on the platforms in his signature typeface; and Maira Kalman removed the heels and bound each shoe in tissue and twine. Studio in a School, which brings the visual arts to under-funded New York City public schools, also invited children from their partnering schools to put their own spin on the shoes. The works are for sale privately for collectors, supporters, and, presumably, shoe-lovers, with all proceeds benefitting the non-profit.

All works will be on view at Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue on May 2nd, 3rd, and 5th.

Photos: Step Up!

“M&M Shoes,” 2014 by Marilyn Minter. Photo by Liam Goodman.

“Untitled for Charlotte Olympia Project,” 2014 by Laurie Simmons. Photo by Liam Goodman.

“Go So; So Go,” 2014 by Ed Ruscha. Photo by Liam Goodman.

“Two Wrapped Shoes,” 2014 by Maira Kalman. Photo by Liam Goodman.

“Untitled,” 2014 by George Condo. Photo by Liam Goodman.

“Soft Shoe,” 2014 by Richard Prince. Photo by Erik Kaczmarczyk.

“Untitled,” 2014 by Tom Sachs. Photo by Liam Goodman.

“Untitled,” 2014 by Cindy Sherman. Photo by Liam Goodman.

“Untitled,” 2014 by Hugo Guinness. Photo by Liam Goodman.