Between a meeting and flying back home, I decided to spend a weekend in New York meeting friends and walking about streets looking at public art. I had a list of a few things I wanted to look at, but the rest was serendipity. One of the first lucky surprises were these two delightfully simple figures dancing with linked hands. They stood in front of the marvellous building called 17 State Street. Walking on along State Street, on the other side of the building was this equally simple piece of a person riding a howling dog.
The website of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council told me that they are untitled pieces by Keith Haring made in 1989 and 1986 respectively. Haring was something of a superstar in the art world, but I was completely ignorant of his life and work until I started looking for the artist who made these two pieces of painted aluminium. I must have been living in a cardboard box for the last forty years. But that’s serendipity, and better-late-than-never for you.