Keith Haring | the artist




The artist Keith Haring
Born May 4 1958, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA.
Died 1989 New York.

Style and technique of the artist: Painting, Sculpture Objects, Figuration-Libre-Graffiti,

Haring achieved his first public attention with chalk drawings in the subways of New York. “The Radiant baby” became his symbol. His bold lines, vivid colors, and active figures carry strong messages of life and unity. Starting in 1980, he organized exhibitions in Club 57. He participated in the Times Square Exhibition and drew, for the first time, animals and human faces. In 1981 he sketched his first chalk drawings on black paper and painted plastic, metal and found objects.


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Keith Haring Foundation.
Keith Haring was driven by a fervent desire to communicate. His work—built from an iconic language of signature lines and symbols—continues to reach out to the broadest of audiences, dissolving the boundary between fine art and popular culture, between the gallery and the street…
I have been drawing since I was four years old. I learned to draw from my father, who would entertain me by inventing cartoon animals. Although he never pursued an artistic career, he encouraged me to continue drawing throughout my school years…
Haring’s trademark pictographic imagery was developed during a childhood immersed in Disney cartoons and popular culture. As a boy he drew for hours next to his father, finding inspiration in comics and children’s book illustrations. His child-like view of the world would never waver, and was further bolstered by his discovery of the writings and art of Jean Dubuffet and Paul Klee while an art student at Pittsburgh Arts and Crafts Center. When he moved to New York City in 1978 to attend the School of Visual Arts, Haring plunged into the frenetic world of East Village night clubs, staged exhibits at alternative spaces, and brought his art directly to the street via his notorious subway drawings…
Keith Haring conceived Acrobats one year after the first exhibition of his free-standing steel pieces at Leo Castelli Gallery in 1985. Depicting two figures balanced in a remarkable gravity-defying pose, Acrobats is a work of incredible simplicity and vitality. Haring, a quintessentially urban artist, always sought to engage the public directly, from his earliest chalk drawings in New York subway stations to his final mural in a maternity hospital in Monte Carlo. In its temporary home in Battery Park City, Acrobats continues Haring’s enduring vision of inserting art into the environs of our everyday lives…
Keith Haringís 70 foot long mural painted in 1985 for the gym of the South of Market Childcare Center (SOMACC) in San Francisco. The mural is one of 16 public works painted at hospitals and childrenís centers around the world during the artistís lifetime. Painted in one day, the mural incorporates cartoon characters and animals insp..ired by the artistís childhood drawings


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