Two bright yellow figures dance under a radiant Earth, which floats above them in the same way that the radiant heart hangs above the lovers in Be Mine
. A central tenet of Keith Haring’s political and artistic message was equality, inclusion and acceptance, and the dancers here could be a symbol of global co-operation and love. Haring was also very concerned about the destruction humans cause to the Earth, and the need for environmental activism and protection.
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.