Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Grace Jones: Art with Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe

Together, Grace Jones and the late artist Keith Haring created some of the most influential art of the times. A comprehensive story at takes a close look at their impact, and also explores Graces' work with Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol. Here's an excerpt that mentions her legendary performance to debut Slave to the Rhythm, which I'm proud to say I personally experienced...

The alternative art of the early 1980s was multicultural, urban, inclusive, and plugged into the dance club circuit of New York in which Grace Jones gained prominence. Keith Hating met Jones through Andy Warhol, who brought them together for a brief collaboration photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe. Then in 1985 Haring and Jones worked on two live performances at the Paradise Garage, which Robert Farris Thompson has called "an epicenter of black dance." Each time, Haring covered Jones's nude body with graffiti.
I've experienced little in life as breathtaking as that night. Morning, rather! To read my brief article on the moment, click the link in the sidebar, titled 5:00 a.m. and It's So Strange'.


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