Friday, September 22, 2017

Keith Haring : In lovin' memory

Keith Haring
Keith Haring
Born on May 4, 1958, Keith Haring has left an indelible impact with his political works, responding to an emerging urban street culture back at the beginning of the eighties in New York City and therefore expressing his view of birth, death, sexuality and war, developing an instantly identifiable and along with time a definitely recognized visual language of the late century.
During a brief but intense career that spanned the 80’s, Haring’s work was featured in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions. Besides, he devoted much of his time between 1982 and 1989 to producing more than 50 public artworks in dozens of cities around the world, including his famous ‘Crack is Wack’ mural, created in 1986, visible from New York’s FDR Drive. With many of them created for charities, hospitals, children’s day care centers, and orphanages…
Andy Warhol, he got to become a close friend to has been the theme of several of his pieces, including ‘Andy Mouse’. His friendship with Warhol would prove to be a decisive element in his eventual success, particularly after their deaths. Madonna, who also happened to be friend with him at the time she was an emerging artis, used his art as animated backdrops for her 2008/2009 ‘Sticky & Sweet Tour’. The animation is standard Haring featuring his trademark blocky figures dancing in beat to an updated remix of ‘Into The Groove’.
Haring also managed to design the logo of Mel Cheren‘s (The Paradise Garage/West End Records) 24-Hours-For-Life foundation.
‘The Political Line’, the first major exhibition of Keith Haring‘s works in the West Coast in nearly two decades, just come to an end on this day at San Francisco’s the de Young Museum [More info…]

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