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Collage by Beau McCall: Diva Worship: Dionne Warwick, available at Childs Gallery, Boston

Beau McCall

American (b. 1957)

Diva Worship: Dionne Warwick, 2024
Collage printed with dye sublimation on aluminum

Number 1 in an edition of 3. From the series, Diva Worship.

Besides inspiring Joey aka Ericka World, Dionne Warwick also helped inspire action in the fight against AIDS at a time when some of McCall’s friends and others within the queer community were being ostracized and dying due to the epidemic. Warwick’s Friends album (1985) is most famous for the worldwide hit and LGBTQ+ anthem, “That’s What Friends Are For” featuring Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder. The song which celebrated the power of friendship also raised awareness and funds for AIDS research. According to Warwick’s memoir, My Life, As I See It, any funds received from sales of this song benefit amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, in perpetuity.