[Pop Art] Basquiat, Jean-Michel. (1960–1988) & Haring, Keith. (1958–1990) & Lichtenstein, Roy. (1923–1997) & Ono, Yoko. (b.1933) & Warhol, Andy. (1928–1987)

Rain Dance Benefit, poster, 1985 - SIGNED BY FIVE ARTISTS

Offset lithograph in colors on smooth wove paper.  31-1/2 x 22 inches (80 x 55.9 cm) (sheet). From the Edition of 177 published by The United States Committee for UNICEF, signed by each artist in ink.  Creases to the extreme edges, else fine. Floated and framed under Plexiglass to 35 x 26 Inches. Cortlett III.33. 

Incorporating the talents of Pop Art's most celebrated artists and curated by Keith Haring, this limited edition print was created for UNICEF's African Relief Fund as Pop Art’s contribution to pop music’s Live Aid that same year.  Signed by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Yoko Ono, 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.) (18146)

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