Two dancers are fusing to create one large, radiant dancer, against a background of yellow. Dance was an important influence on Keith Haring’s work, and he created a limited edition of lithographs of this painting, with a red background, as part of a portfolio of five artists, whose profits supported the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. This was a Harlem based dance company formed in the early 1980s, whose work explored similar social themes to Haring’s own.
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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.