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Grace Jones by Keith Haring, 1984

The session took place on July 24, 1984. It was organized to help Grace Jones promote her Slave to the Rhythm on the publication led by Andy Warhol. “Robert Mapplethorpe would be in charge of photographing the model once the work was finished. During this whole process, Javier Porto photographed the protagonists, he documented every moment.”

Keith Haring painting Grace Jones

Andy Warhol introduced Keith to Grace Jones. He thought that hers was the ultimate body to paint — Grace embodying both primitive and pop, Harings obsessions. Warhol arranged for Robert Mapplethorpe to photograph the finished body painting. At the session, Jones stripped to her underwear, and donned a huge crown and rubber jewelry designed by David Spada.

Body Painting (untitled)

Photos by Javier Porto & Robert Mapplethorpe.

Grace Jones & music

1981

I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)

1986

I’m Not Perfect But I’m Perfect For You

With cameos by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Nile Rodgers, and Timothy Leary.

[Yes, Beyoncé’s “Move”, from her latest album “RENAISSANCE”, samples this Grace Jone’s song – well, it’s not just sampling, but a kind of connection]