This historic encounter between Warhol and Haring brought together their mutual fascination with an “Art for Everybody,” and an admiration for Walt Disney, a man who inspired both artists. In addition, Warhol and Haring shared a fascination for icons of America. Haring grew up drawing Mickey Mouse in his notebooks and dreaming of working at Disney. He once stated that his favorite character was Minnie Mouse – “Because she can get me closer to Mickey.”
By portraying Andy Warhol as a Mickey-like figure, Haring elevates his subject to American icon status; a ubiquitous piece of culture as commonplace and recognizable as Disney and the dollar bill. In brief, the work is considered highly significant in Haring’s oeuvre, well-regarded for its bold graphics, complex composition, sense of humor and postmodern references to Pop iconography.
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