keith haring

Biography (1958 - 90)

01.12.11: Iconic American Artist

  • Born: Kutztown, PA, 1958
  • Died: New York, NY, 1990

    Keith Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1958. In 1978 he moved to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts, where he made his mark with graffiti-inspired large-scale images. He worked with street artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat during his early years in New York. His cartoonlike stick figures made him a huge star in American art during the 1980s, when he was exhibiting and working on projects throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In 1986 the artist opened his own retail outlet, The Pop Shop, in New York, and engaged in projects of an extraordinarily diverse nature, from murals on the Berlin Wall to paintings on hot air balloons, motorcars, and decorative accessories. A giant "spectacolor" billboard broadcast his famous Radiant Child image in Times Square, first in 1982. He died of AIDS in 1990.

    The New York Times detailed a "meteoric career" that was built around a "cartoonish universe inhabited by crawling children, barking dogs and dancing figures, all set in motion by staccatolike lines."


    01.12.11: BIOG. II

    An alarmed stick figure (below), reminiscent of those found on street-crossing signs and bathroom doors, serves as a hoop for a pack of spotted dogs. Painted in an engagingly cartoonish style with bright, wet-look paint on a vinyl tarpaulin, this early work of Haring's means nothing more than what it conveys: pure exuberance.

    Haring employed his crowd-pleasing style in the service of political causes and to support the fight against AIDS, the disease that eventually took his life.

    He was part of a Pop renaissance in the 1980s that included artists such as Kenny Scharf and Basquiat, and which was allied with break dancing and hip hop music. Haring began as a graffiti "tagger," drawing his trademark figures on empty advertising boards in the New York City subway. Haring wanted his art to be accessible to all: His Pop Shop in New York City still sells t-shirts, posters, and other affordable goods featuring his much-loved designs.

    Source: The American Art Book (Mini Edition)

    Keith Haring
Untitled. 1982
Vinyl ink on vinyl tarpaulin

  • Keith Haring
    Untitled, 1982

    Vinyl ink on vinyl tarpaulin
    h144 x w144 in. approx.. h365.8 x w365.8 cm
    Collection of Tony Shafrazi


    01.12.11: BIOG. III (A LIFE IN THREE SENTENCES)

    Keith Haring came to New York in 1978 to attend art school. Inspired by the graffiti artists he first entered public awareness via the drawings he executed on blank advertising panels in the subway. Haring died leaving a thriving legacy.



    01.12.11: IMAGES

    Images © Estate of Keith Haring

    Many of the images below are available as prints at allposters.com. It's a good place to start your collection of Haring posters. Anything obscure and for the completist then you have to look elsewhere but for the popular prints then this is the place. See their Haring page here.




    Keith Haring Keith Haring - Heart of Figures Keith Haring Keith Haring - Untitled
    Keith Haring - Untitled, 1988 Keith Haring - Untitled Keith Haring - Statue of Liberty, 1986 Keith Haring - Untitled, 1988
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    Keith Haring Title:  Retrospect, 1989 
Artist: Keith Haring Title:  Monkey Puzzle, 1988 
Artist: Keith Haring Title:  Untitled 
Artist: Keith Haring
    Keith Haring - Mother Holding Baby, 1986 Keith Haring - Logo Against Family Violence with Baby Heart, 1989 Keith Haring - Untitled Keith Haring - Untitled
    Keith Haring - Untitled Keith Haring - Untitled Keith Haring - Blue Boat, 1987 Keith Haring - Untitled
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  • Recent releases

    Gallery here. Search site. Recommended reading for the artist @ amazon.com.

    ANDY WARHOL

    Click here to read about the name forever linked to Basquiat.

    JEFF KOONS

    Biog. here.

    ROY LICHTENSTEIN

    Biog. & Gallery here.

    JEFFREY WRIGHT

    Biog. here.


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