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Untitled (Madonna, I'm Not Ashamed), 1985

Untitled (Madonna, I'm Not Ashamed), 1985
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Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987)
Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990)
Untitled (Madonna, I'm Not Ashamed), 1985
synthetic polymer, day-glo, and acrylic paint on canvas
20 x16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm.)
Collection Keith Haring Foundation, New York,
© 2012 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation

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Keith Haring (1958–1990), well known for his calligraphic style of graffiti art, was a “Warhol baby,” belonging to a generation that venerated the artist they called “Papa Pop.” Together the two artists painted several canvases that featured headlines about their friend, the young singer Madonna. This painting (from a suite of six) based on the July 9, 1985, New York Post refers to the media frenzy that ensued after nude photographs of Madonna, taken years earlier, were sold by the photographer and published in Penthouse and Playboy. Three works from the collaboration appropriate the metro edition’s headline “Madonna: ‘I’m Not Ashamed”; an equal number of paintings feature the tabloid’s late edition headline, “Madonna on Nude Pix: So What!”