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Keith Haring

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Carlesha Teasley

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Keith Haring
May 4, 1958 -February 16, 1990
"Radiant Child"
"Free South Africa"
Knowledgeable Questions
How important is it that the artist intention be perceived or understood by the audience?
Do the arts allow us to discover truths that are difficult to express in straightforward language?
Background information
Haring was born on May 4, 1958 in Reading Pennsylvania, but he grew up in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
Keith developed a love for drawing at a very early age.
Haring learned basic cartooning from his father and by watching others such as Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney.
Keith attended the Ivy school of Professional Art in Pittsburgh to become a commercial graphic artist but dropped out after two semesters.
Haring moved to New York City where the city became his canvas.
Keith started out as a graffiti artist but then grew into the visual arts style.
In New York he
Haring was known as a social activist because of the things he fought for and believed in.
Keith Haring died on February 15, 1990.
"Ignorance = Fear"
"Nuclear Disarmament"
The radiant child was one of Haring's first drawings.
The drawing was at first just a drawing in the subway but then it became more than just a doodle it became an inspiration.
In 1970 Haring joined a movement in New York known as the Jesus Movement with many other people in the city at that time.
The drawing became a symbol for the group, it represented purity, peace, and innocence.
This piece was created in 1989.
AIDS permeated Haring's work because it had an heavy influence on his life.
Haring created this work of art to attack the prejudice surrounding the growing AIDS crisis in the world at that time.
Keith created this piece in 1986.
Its located on a handball court at 128th Street and 2nd Avenue in New York City.
This mural was inspired by the crack epidemic and its effect on the city.
The mural was created as a warning and was executed independently without the city permission.
The mural still remains today and its put under the protection and jurisdiction of the city Department.
In 1985 Haring was apart of the anti-apartheid movement in New York which was why he created this piece of art.
The art shows a dark figure stepping on a white figure and how the dark figure is breaking free from the white figure.
The art actually is representing the freedom of the African American from the Caucasian American.
Haring created this piece of work in 1982.
He was apart of the anti-nuclear rally in New York on June 12, 1982 so he created the poster to represent the meaning of the rally.
The anti-nuclear weapon rally was the largest anti-nuclear demonstration (political demonstration)
Its an Neo-Expressionism poster.
The poster represented how Haring was against the nuclear arms and the arms race of the cold war.
Knowledge Question #1
How important is it that the artist intention be perceived or understood by the audience?
Knowledge Question #2
For Keith Haring it was very important that the audience understood his intention in his artwork because all of his artwork had an important message shown through it that he was trying to express to society at that period of time. For example his "Ignorance = Fear" he intended for the audience to see that AIDS was a deadly disease and that if you remain silent about the disease it could possibly cause your death. It was important for the audience to understand the message as intended from Haring because he wanted to warn others about AIDS and the effects.
Do the arts allow us to discover truths that are difficult to express in straightforward language?
For Keith Haring art does help him express himself better than in straightforward language because he could fully express himself in his art. Haring was also not a major speaker so the arts helped him express his political and social views on various current issues going on in the world at that time that he probably wouldn't be able to discuss.
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