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Lot 128: Rain Dance. 1985

PAI-LXX: Rare Posters

by Poster Auctions International Inc

30 October 2016

New York, NY, USA

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Description: Artist: ANDY WARHOL (1930-1987), ROY LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997), KEITH HARING (1958-1990), JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (1960-1988) & YOKO ONO (1933- ) Size: 22 x 31 in./55.8 x 78.7 cm Curated and organized by Keith Haring, Rain Dance was a benefit for UNICEF's African Emergency Relief Fund: Pop Art's contribution to pop music's Live Aid that same year. This poster - now considered to be an iconic piece of the Pop era - stemmed out of Warhol's system of collaborating upon the same canvas with a variety of his protégées. Here, he joins forces with Lichtenstein, Haring, Basquiat, and Yoko Ono to create a unified, exciting composition. "This poster reflects the créme de la créme of New York's artistic and social circles in 1985. Water, so essential to combat drought and famine prevailing in Ethiopia, was the poster's principal message and its theme, rain, is treated from different perspectives b y each of the artists: graphic (Lichtenstein's oblique lines), practical (Warhol's umbrellas), ethnographic (the rain dance by Haring), political (Basquiat, combining the homophones rain and reign, and geographic (Ono, whose footsteps illustrate Africans' long walks to reach rare water sources)." (Warhol Posters, p. 116.) (pop)

Condition Report: A/ P.

Dimensions: 22 x 31 in./55.8 x 78.7 cm

Artist or Maker: ANDY WARHOL (1930-1987), ROY LICHTENSTEIN (1923-1997), KEITH HARING (1958-1990), JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT (1960-1988) & YOKO ONO (1933- )

Medium: Poster

Date: 1985

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