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Untitled (Three Dancing Figures, version C)

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Untitled (Three Dancing Figures, version C)

Artist: Keith Haring (American, 1958 - 1990)
Date: 1989, fabricated 2009
Medium: Painted aluminum
Dimensions:
Overall: 120 × 135 × 125 in. (304.8 × 342.9 × 317.5 cm.)
Overall: 3500 lb. (1587.6 kg.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Purchased with funds from John and Mary Pappajohn, 2010.116
Accession number: 2010.116
Classification: sculpture
Copyright:Untitled (Three Dancing Figures, version C) © The Keith Haring Foundation, or if space is limited, © Haring Foundation
Label TextAs a social activist and artist, Haring focused on creating an accessible and public form of art that could be enjoyed and understood universally. Haring underwent traditional artist training, but shunned conventional techniques and instead found inspiration in graffiti, animation, and the chaos of New York City. The human figure, reduced to basic lines and bright colors, was his primary subject, and is often portrayed brimming with energy and dancing as in this sculpture. "For me, the most effective public sculpture would function as visual and physical entertainment," Haring wrote. "I think public art (unless there is a specific political or ideological message) should make people feel comfortable, and brighten their environment."
Published ReferencesSchmitt, Tim, "Metro Moxie: Des Moines Gets Things Done", Drake Blue, Spring 2014, Drake University, color ill. pg.20
EditionEdition 1 of 3
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