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Keith Haring

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Keith Haring Biography

born Reading, PA (USA) 1958 died New York, NY (USA) 1990

Keith Haring (May 4, 1958 - February 16, 1990) was a pre-eminent artist and social activist born in Reading, Pennsylvania and raised in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, whose work responded to the New York street culture of the 1980s.

Born in Pennsylvania, he began as a pop artist. He set out to reach the widest possible audience with his early drawings in the subways and quickly gained recognition in the art world. In 1986 Haring painted a mural on the Berlin Wall. He was also a tireless AIDS activist whose art often depicted AIDS in his own unique way. Despite his early death of AIDS on February 9, 1990 at the age of 31, Haring's imagery has become a universally recognized visual language of the 20th century. The Keith Haring Foundation, established in 1989, continues Keith's legacy of giving to children's organizations.

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  • 1980 - Club 57
  • 1982 - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York
  • 1983 - Whitney Biennale
  • 1986 - Stedelijk Museum
  • 1986 - Vienna Festival '86
  • 1988 - Hans Mayer Gallery
  • 1989 - Gallery 121, Antwerp
  • 1997 - Retrospective, The Whitney Museum of American Art New York, NY
  • 2000 - Keith Haring: the SVA Years, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA
  • 2000 - Keith Haring, Isetan Museum, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2000 - Keith Haring, Sapporo City Museum of Modern Art, Hokkaido, Japan
  • 2000 - Keith Haring, Amos Anderson Museum, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2000 - Keith Haring: Sculptures on the Kurfurstendamm, Berlin Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
  • 2000 - Chiostro del Bramante, Rome, Italy
  • 2000 - Keith Haring Sculptures, Rome, Italy
  • 2001 - Keith Haring Sculptures, Rome, Italy
  • 2001 - The 10 Commandments, Wapping Power Station, London, England
  • 2001 - Castello Ursino, Catania, Sicily, Italy
  • 2001 - Keith Haring: Heaven and Hell, Museum fur Neue Kunst/ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 2001 - National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Georgetown, Grand Cayman
  • 2001 - Paradise Garage, Deitch Projects, New York City, NY, USA
  • 2002 - Keith Haring: Heaven and Hell, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Holland
  • 2002 - Keith Haring: Tarps, Van de Weghe Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • 2002 - Keith Haring: Short Message. Posters 1982-1990, Versicherungskammer Bayern, Munich, Germany
  • 2002 - Arario Gallery, Seoul, Korea
  • 2002 - Sex Show, Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris, France
  • 2003 - Pop Figuration, Deitch Projects, New York, NY, USA
  • 2003 - Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • 2003 - Four Sculptures, American Academy, Rome, Italy
  • 2003 - Two Sculptures, Parco della Musica, Rome, Italy
  • 2003 - Haring Drawings, Culturgest, Porto, Portugal
  • 2003 - Kagan-Martos Gallery, New York, NY, USA
  • 2003 - Keith Haring, Centro Cutural Banco do Brasil, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2003 - Keith Haring, CCBB, Brasilia, Brazil
  • 2003 - Keith Haring: Short Message, Posters 1982-1990, Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
  • 2004 - Keith Haring: New Wave Aztec, The Sackler Center for Arts Education, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • 2004 - Keith Haring, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2004 - Keith Haring, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2004 - Keith Haring, Alte Rathaus, Prien am Chiemsee, Germany
  • 2004 - The Characters of Keith Haring
  • 2004 - Children's Museum of the Arts, New York, NY, USA
  • 2004 - Photos from the Archives: the Artist at Work, Pop Shop, New York, NY, USA
  • 2004 - Alona Kagan Gallery, New York, New York
  • 2005 - Keith Haring, Alpen-Adria Galerie, Klagenfurt, Austria
  • 2005 - Keith Haring, Ben Brown Fine Arts, London, England
  • 2005 - Keith Haring, Galleria Salvatore Ala, Milan, Italy
  • 2005 - Keith Haring: Urban Memory, Fundacion ICO, Madrid, Spain
  • 2005 - Five Keith Haring Sculptures, Somerset House, London, England
  • 2005 - Three Keith Haring Sculptures, Lever House, New York, New York
  • 2005 - Keith Haring: Coloring Book Drawings, Briggs-Robinson Gallery, New York, New York, United States
  • 2005 - L'Art a la Plage #4: Keith Haring, Galerie Enrico Navarra in cooperation with Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, St Tropez, France
  • 2005 - Keith Haring - Sculptures, Deitch Projects, New York
  • 2005 - The Keith Haring Show, The Trienniale of Milan, Italy
  • 2005 - Keith Haring - l'Art a la plage #4, beaches of Ramatuelle-Saint Tropez
  • 2006 - Keith Haring: Journey of the Radiant Baby, Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania
  • 2006 - Editions on Paper, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
  • 2006 - Keith Haring: Art and Commerce (View Selected Works), Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida, United States
  • 2006 - Keith Haring: POP Haring - Symbols and Icons Editions on paper from the Estate of Keith Haring, Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore
  • 2006 - Keith Haring: Paintings, Sculpture, Objects and Drawings, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, New York, United States
  • 2006 - Against All Odds, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, Florida, USA
  • 2006 - Complete Editions on Paper, Centro Cultural Montehermoso Depsito de Aguas, Vitoria, Spain
  • 2006 - Keith Haring: Monumental Sculptures, Poppy & Pierre Salinger Foundation, Le Thor, France
  • 2006 - Mass Production: Artists' Multiples and the Marketplace, Emily Davis Gallery of Myers School of Art, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, USA
  • 2006 - Keith Haring Drawings, Alona Kagan Gallery, New York, New York, USA
  • 2006 - Keith Haring - Early Drawings, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
  • 2006 - Keith Haring, Galerie Jerome de Noirmont, Paris, France
  • 2006 - Selected Editions on Paper, Memo Gallery, Budapest, Hungary

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  • Fertility, 1983
  • Fertility 1, 1983
  • Fertility 2, 1983
  • Fertility 3, 1983
  • Fertility 4, 1983
  • Fertility 5, 1983
  • TV-Face, 1989
  • Jealousy, 1985
  • Warhol Mouse, 1987
  • Retrospect, 1989
  • Sans Titre, 1981
  • Pop Shop VI, 1987

Quotes

  • "Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic."
  • "I think you have to control the materials to an extent, but it's important to let the materials have a kind of power for themselves; like the natural power of gravity, if you are painting on a wall, it makes the paint trickle and it drips; there is no reason to fight that."
  • "People were more interested in the phenomena than the art itself. This, combined with the growing interest in collecting art as an investment and the resultant boom in the art market, made it a difficult time for a young artist to remain sincere without becoming cynical."
  • "There are some images that I will only use once, and not use again because they don't seem to really hit the nail right on the head, but there are some which are so strong they have to be reduced; sometimes just reusing them makes them stronger."
  • "Red is one of the strongest colors, it's blood, it has a power with the eye. That's why traffic lights are red I guess, and stop signs as well... In fact I use red in all of my paintings."
  • "When it is working, you completely go into another place, you're tapping into things that are totally universal, completely beyond your ego and your own self. That's what it's all about."
  • "I don't think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it."
  • "My contribution to the world is my ability to draw. I will draw as much as I can for as many people as I can for as long as I can."

Publications

  • Keith Haring - by Elisabeth Sussman (Author), Keith Haring (Author), Whitney Museum of American Art, Bulfinch Pr (September 1997)
  • Keith Haring: The Authorized Biography - by John Gruen, Fireside; Reprint edition (September 1, 1992)
  • Drawing the Line - Portrait of Keith Haring (1990) - DVD - ,Kultur Video, December 21, 2004
  • Keith Haring: Journey of the Radiant Baby - by Reading Public Museum, Bunker Hill Publishing (March 25, 2006)
  • Keith Haring: Short Messages : Posters (Art & Design) - by Marc Gundel, Prestel Publishing; Bilingual edition (October 2002)
  • Dance - by Keith Haring, Bulfinch; 1st ed edition (May 20, 1999)
  • Babies - by Keith Haring, Bulfinch (October 20, 2000)
  • Keith Haring: I Wish I Didn't Have to Sleep! (Adventures in Art Series) - by Keith Haring , Prestel Publishing (April 1997)
  • Nina's Books of Little Things (Art & Design) - by Keith Haring, Prestel Publishing (September 2000)
  • Dogs - by Keith Haring, Bulfinch (October 20, 2000)
  • Love - by Keith Haring, Bulfinch; 1st ed edition (May 20, 1999)

Quick Facts

  • He achieved his first public attention with his chalk drawings in the subways of New York.
  • He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania but grew up in Kutztown and was interested in art from an early age.
  • In June 1989, on the rear wall of the convent of the Church of Sant'Antonio in Pisa, he painted the last public work of his life, the mural "Tuttomondo".

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