Flying saucers or UFOs were a recurrent theme in Keith Haring’s work, inspired by pop-culture stories of alien invasions and abduction experiences. Haring described the light emanating from the flying saucer here as an ‘energy ray’, which imbued its target with energy and power. Here, watched by two other dogs, the central figure seems to have become one of Haring’s Anubis-like dog characters.
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Keith Haring (1958 – 1990) was an American artist, and one of the leading figures of the graffiti art movement which emerged from New York in the 1980s. Haring rose to International acclaim after creating spontaneous chalk drawings on blank advertising spaces in New York subway stations. His work reflected a profound commitment to social justice and activism, raising issues that remain relevant today, including the AIDS crisis, racism, and environmental degradation. He was a champion for public access to art in his lifetime, and established the Keith Haring Foundation in 1989, which provides funding and imagery to charities working with AIDS and youth programmes, and brings his work to a wider audience.