Andy Warhol, 1928-1987
and Keith Haring 1958-1990 - 20th Montreux Jazz Festival. July 1986.
Screenprint in four colours. 1986. Signed within the printed image by Warhol and Haring.
Note: There are photos of the two artists working side by side in the studio on this poster.
No hand-signed impressions are known. Printed at the studio of Albin Uldry, Bern Switzerland. Published by Pierre Keller for the Montreux Festival.
Reference: Döring and Von der Osten - Keith Haring Posters, no 49.
Superb pristine fresh impression with brilliant colours. On glazed poster paper. Printed to full sheet size. Sheet: 1000 x 700mm.
Keith Haring had drawn three screenprint posters for the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1983 and their popular success had greatly contributed to his reputation in Europe. In 1986 the Festival organisers contacted Haring for another poster and also at the same time approached Warhol. Warhol and Haring decided to co-operate and create a single poster on which they would work together.
The background figures dancing to the music are drawn in purple by Haring, the overprint of the music and words in yellow are by Warhol. Haring was a huge admirer, as well as close friend, of Warhol so perhaps it is significant that Haring’s figures dance to Warhol’s tune!
The Montreux Jazz posters were never intended to be actual publicity. Over the years of the Festival they were commissioned to be sold and to provide income to help the expenses – which they did very successfully.
The Montreux Jazz Festival is the second largest Jazz Festival in the world. It was founded in Montreux in 1967 and has been held there annually ever since (except for 2020 due to Covid). It is an extremely popular music Festival, originally featuring just Jazz but now broadened to include all aspects of modern music. It has always had very close contacts with the art world, not only through its presentation but also through the concurrent art exhibitions.
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