Produced by The Skateroom in 2019
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Licensed by Artestar, New York.
Throughout his career, Keith Haring produced murals, sculptures, and paintings to benefit hospitals, groups for underprivileged children, and various community health organizations. Before his death, Keith Haring established a foundation in his name to maintain and enhance his legacy of giving to organizations for children and AIDS. The foundation is also committed to sustaining and expanding public awareness of Keith Haring.
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About the Artist:
Keith Allen Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) 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, he 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. He produced more than 50 public artworks between 1982 and 1989, many of them created voluntarily for hospitals, day care centers and schools. In 1986, he opened the Pop Shop as an extension of his work. His later work often conveyed political and societal themes— anti-crack, anti-apartheid, safe sex, homosexuality and AIDS—through his own iconography.
Keith Haring "Untitled (Smile)" Skate Deck