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So What! Keith Haring And Andy Warhol’s Tribute to Madonna’s Nude Pix

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Before his images became familiar Keith Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) created cut-and-paste collages of New York Post if-it-bleeds-it-leads front-page stories. Haring focused Ronald Reagan and the Pope, two figures he found troubling.

 

Keith Haring Reagan Pope NY Post covers Madonna

 

Haring wrote:

The most notorious of my street pieces were the ones that looked like the front page of the New York Post. I’d cut out letters from the Post and rearrange them to make fake headlines, like REAGAN SLAIN BY HERO COP or POPE KILLED FOR FREED HOSTAGE or MOB FLEES AT POPE RALLY. I Xeroxed these in the hundreds and I’d paste them on lampposts and on newsstands. Because they looked so real, people were forced to confront them. They were completely confused—and the posters really made a mark, because they got into people’s consciousness.

 

Keith Haring

 

Keith Haring Reagan NY Post covers

 

Brooklyn - Brooklyn Museum: Keith Haring: 1978–1982 - Newspaper Collages

Brooklyn – Brooklyn Museum: Keith Haring: 1978–1982 – Newspaper Collages (Via)

 

Then came Madonna and Andy Warhol. Trey Speegle writes:

When Madonna was marrying Sean Penn, Keith was invited to the wedding and he took Andy as his date. Around that time, nude pictures of Madonna [from 1979] were published in Penthouse and the Post [1985] cover screamed the headlines. Her famous quote about the picture scandal? “So what!”

 

Andy Warhol and Keith Haring screen print of New York Post - Madonna on Nude Pix: SO WHAT!

Andy Warhol and Keith Haring screen print of New York Post – Madonna on Nude Pix: SO WHAT!

 

On July 16 1985, the Penthouse magazine issue of nude Madonna photos was released.

July 16 1985 – Penthouse magazine issue of nude Madonna 

 

Andy & Keith made her four paintings as a wedding gift and here they are. (I think they each kept one, as there are 6 in total.) At a benefit at the Pyramid for Madonna’s longtime friend and former manager, Martin Burgoyne, who was kinda broke and suffering from AIDS at the time, I remember Keith showing me pics from the wedding in the dressing room. Madonna was there that night too. The rest is her-story.

 

Andy Warhol ANDY WARHOL RETROSPECTIVE

Andy Warhol – Feb, 24, 1987

 

madonna haring ashamed nude warhol

 

Warhol had long found inspiration in tabloids news.  His first painting of a front page was A Boy for Meg (196),  a replica of a New York Post page announcing the first child born to Britain’s Princess Margaret. He made news that appeared to be about celebrities about us.

 

Warhol-A-Boy-for-Meg haring

madonna haring ashamed nude warhol

madonna haring ashamed nude warhol

madonna haring ashamed nude warhol


madonna haring ashamed nude warhol