OOSI Sculpture

Acrobats

1996 / Keith Haring / Cleveland

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A flat blue figure at the bottom of a plie, extends his arms perfectly perpendicularly in front and behind himself. Meanwhile, an upside down orange figure with his legs splayed up to the sky, balances on the blue figure's head, with his arms extended in a similar manner.

Haring makes brilliant use of opposing pairs in this two-plane sculpture to create a senses of movement, conflict, energy, and even love. He uses only two, complimentary colors; two vertical, perpendicular planes; and two contrasting poses. In expertly deciding what the figures have in common and what sets them apart, he engages the viewer by asking them what the curious relationship between these two figures is. Are they enemies or lovers? Are they brother and sister? Are they actually the same figure at different points in time? Or are they nothing more than sheets of painted aluminum?

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Keith Haring, “Acrobats,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture Inventory, accessed August 16, 2017, http://oosi.sculpturecenter.org/items/show/1336.

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Acrobats

Description

A flat blue figure at the bottom of a plie, extends his arms perfectly perpendicularly in front and behind himself. Meanwhile, an upside down orange figure with his legs splayed up to the sky, balances on the blue figure's head, with his arms extended in a similar manner.

Haring makes brilliant use of opposing pairs in this two-plane sculpture to create a senses of movement, conflict, energy, and even love. He uses only two, complimentary colors; two vertical, perpendicular planes; and two contrasting poses. In expertly deciding what the figures have in common and what sets them apart, he engages the viewer by asking them what the curious relationship between these two figures is. Are they enemies or lovers? Are they brother and sister? Are they actually the same figure at different points in time? Or are they nothing more than sheets of painted aluminum?

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Date

1996

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