Keith Allen Haring was an American artist whose pop art emerged from the New York City graffiti subculture of the 1980s. His animated imagery has "become a widely recognized visual language". Much of his work includes sexual allusions that turned into social activism by using the images to advocate for safe sex and AIDS awareness. In addition to solo gallery exhibitions, Haring participated in renowned national and international group shows such as documenta in Kassel, the Whitney Biennial in New York, the São Paulo Biennial, and the Venice Biennale. The Whitney Museum held a retrospective of his art in 1997. Haring's popularity grew from his spontaneous drawings in New York City subways—chalk outlines of figures, dogs, and other stylized images on blank black advertising spaces. After gaining public recognition, he created colorful larger scale murals, many commissioned.
|Born||Keith Allen Haring, May 4, 1958, Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|Died||February 16, 1990, New York City, U.S.|
|Education||The Ivy School of Professional Art, School of Visual Arts New York City|
|Works||Crack is Wack|
|Movement||Pop art, street art|
|IMDb||Keith Haring's IMDb|
Internationally acclaimed pop and graffiti artist best known for his "Tuttomondo" mural and his "Boxer" sculpture. He toyed with such concepts as birth, death, war, and sexuality in his work and often invoked political imagery.
He dropped out of Pittsburgh's Ivy School of Professional Art and moved to New York, where he began sketching chalk figures of dogs in subway stations.
He was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988 and died two years later.
His father, Allen Haring, worked as a cartoonist. His life was commemorated by Madonna during her first New York performance of the Blond Ambition World Tour.
He collaborated with Andy Warhol, another renowned pop artist of the time.
- LGBT culture in New York City - New York City has one of the largest LGBTQ populations in the world and the most prominent.
- American pop artists
- Street artists
- American social activists
- American graffiti artists
- Painters from Pennsylvania
- LGBT people from Pennsylvania
- LGBT artists from the United States
- American muralists
- 20th-century American printmakers
Latest information about Keith Haring updated on May 10 2021.