Keith Haring - Artist Profile

    Keith Haring, (born May 4, 1958, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.--died February 16, 1990, New York, New York), American graphic artist and programmer that popularized a number of the plans and impulses of graffiti artwork. He also developed a passion for drawing in a very early age, analyzing fundamental cartooning skills from his dad and by the popular culture, including Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney.

 Who is Keith Haring?

    Growing up, Haring moved into New York and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts (SVA). At New York, Haring discovered a thriving alternative art community that was growing past the gallery and museum system, in the downtown streets, the subways and spaces at former and nightclubs dance halls.

    He became friends with fellow musicians Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat, along with the musicians, performance artists, musicians and graffiti writers who comprised the burgeoning art community. 

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Keith Haring in front of Pisa Mural, 1989 / credits:

    Bridging the gap between the art world and also the road, Keith Haring climbed to prominence in the early 1980s along with his graffiti paintings created from the subways and on the sidewalks of NYC.

What does Keith Haring's art mean? 

    Mixing the appeal of animations with all the raw energy of Art Brut artists such as Jean DuBuffet, Haring developed a different pop-graffiti aesthetic based on fluid, daring outlines against a compact, rhythmic overspread of vision such as that of infants , biting dogs, flying saucers, hearts, along with Mickey Mouse.

    Inside his subway drawings and murals, Haring researched topics of exploitation, subjugation, drug abuse, and increasing fears of atomic holocaust, which became increasingly apocalyptic after his AIDS diagnosis. Alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, and Jenny Holzer, Haring is regarded as a major figure in New York East Village Art scene from the 1970s and'80s.

Keith Haring Art

    Keith Haring played a very important role in the Pop Movement in the late 90's, rubbing shoulders with Warhol, Basquiat and much more! Haring's work pops up around the area -- his glowing baby, the barking dog, the warrior, the three-eyed grinning face.

    Easy, cheerful, cheerful, immediately recognizable. However, Haring did more than supply adorable animations. He had been openly fascinated. His artwork faced outwards. He wished to notify, to begin a dialog, to question tradition and authority, to signify the oppressed. Those adorable figures are all political.

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