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(1958 – 1990), USA

Keith Haring Biography

Keith Haring was an American artist and social activist. His work explored notions of birth, death sexuality, and was heavily political. Haring rose to fame through his drawings in New York cities subways, streets and sidewalks before his artwork began showing in art galleries, bridging the gap between the art world and the street. He developed a distinct unique language of bold icons through fluid illustration including- barking dogs, a crawling “radiant baby”, flying saucers, hearts and mickey mouse. Haring is regarded as a leading figure in the New York East Village Art scene alongside Jean-Michael Basquait, Kenny Scharf and Jenny Holzer.

Keith Haring Featured Artworks

Untitled by Keith Haring contemporary artwork
Keith HaringUntitled, 1981Oil on canvas
127 x 127 x 3.2 cm
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Keith Haring Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, A line (a)round an idea Selected Works on Paper at Gagosian, Geneva
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2 May–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition A line (a)round an idea Selected Works on Paper GagosianGeneva
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Robert Fraser’s Groovy Arts Club Band at Gazelli Art House, London
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11 January–23 February 2019 Group Exhibition Robert Fraser’s Groovy Arts Club Band Gazelli Art HouseLondon

Keith Haring In Related Press

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Keith Haring’s Iconic East Harlem Mural, “Crack Is Wack,” Is Back Related Press Keith Haring’s Iconic East Harlem Mural, “Crack Is Wack,” Is Back 30 October 2019, Hyperallergic

'I saw it, and I thought: that must be a Keith Haring!' exclaimed Alejandro Bonilla, Sr., a former arts student from the Bronx who walked past Haring's famous Crack Is Wack mural for the first time this week. Painted on both sides of a concrete handball court wall in Harlem River Park at 127th Street more than three decades ago, the mural has...

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A Monumental Keith Haring Mural in Amsterdam, Hidden for 3 Decades, Finally Sees Daylight Related Press A Monumental Keith Haring Mural in Amsterdam, Hidden for 3 Decades, Finally Sees Daylight 25 June 2018, Frieze

A monumental 12-metre-high mural by the late New York artist Keith Haring has recently been uncovered in Amsterdam–it’s the largest of its kind in Europe. After spending three decades in the darkness, it was finally revealed last week at a press conference in the city’s Market Quarter.

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Painting From the 1980s, When Brash Met Flash Related Press Painting From the 1980s, When Brash Met Flash 12 February 2017, The New York Times

In New York at the end of the 1970s, many people thought painting was all washed up. And if not washed up, it had to be abstract—the more austere, unemotional and geometric, the better. Then came the 1980s and a generation of young painters, like Julian Schnabel, David Salle, Eric Fischl, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and...

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Threatened Keith Haring mural says a lot about how we value public art Related Press Threatened Keith Haring mural says a lot about how we value public art 19 August 2016, Apollo Magazine

The insatiable appetite of the property developer is a recurring theme in modern city life, making the dispute over the future of Keith Haring’s mural in a former Manhattan convent a story very much of our time, and simultaneously timeless. Painted in an evening in 1983 or ’84, when the building was home to a Catholic youth...

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