Rain Dance (1985)
About this artwork
In the 1980s Warhol came to be idolised by several emerging artists, in particular Francesco Clemente, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Warhol viewed them as protégés and they began collaborating on artworks – each painting on the same canvases. This poster has been designed on this principle. It is advertising a benefit party and exhibition organised and curated by Haring in 1985 for UNICEF’s African Emergency Relief Fund. Featuring the artists Roy Lichtenstein, Yoko Ono, Haring, Basquiat and Warhol, each artist has contributed to the poster. For example, Warhol added the umbrellas and Lichtenstein the rain cloud. Together these create a bold, fun and cosmopolitan design.
- title: Rain Dance
- accession number: AR00457
- artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- materials: Screenprint on paper
- date created: 1985
- measurements: 78.50 x 55.60 cm (framed: 58.20 x 62.50 x 3.80 cm)
- credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
- copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.